GUWAHATI, Feb 4: In order to better the connectivity of the districts of Assam with each other and also with other states of India, spice jet is going to provide sea-planes to the states which are expected to operational by the end of this year.
In a session of civil aviation at global summit Advantage Assam, Chief marketing officer of Spice jet, Digbijoy MNaharishi said that Spice jet along with the cooperation of the government of Assam is soon going to launch a few number of sea planes in the state. The process has been initiated but it will take some more discussions to start the project.
Speaking to this reporter, Maharishi also said: “Earlier we decided to bring small sea-planes of eight seats but now it has been discussed that it will not be suitable to use for commercial purpose. So, we are looking forward to bring 15 to 20 seated sea-planes which will connect Lakhimpur , Jorhat, Bongaigaon, Dhubri, Kokrajhar with Kolkata. Later we also have plans for connecting Bangkok, Dhaka, kathamando to Assam through these sea-planes.”
CMD of Pawan Hans Helicopter service B P Sharma also said, “Helicopters and sea-planes do not need long runways to land and a huge port to provide service. The investment which these transports needs is also very less in comparison to building huge airports. We have already started work for the scheme Udan, which is going to connect various places of the state with each other.”
“As far as the topography of the region is considered, helicopters can be the best means of transportation in the region. So, we also have plans for making a heli-hub in Assam,” said Sharma
He also said that Ministry of Doner has announced amount of 62crore as investment for helicopter clinic in Assam.
However, GR Gopinath Director and CEO Air Deccan said that instead of spending huge amount in building world class airports, Airport authority of India should focus more on small air transport facilities in the states, which can connect the districts with each other.
“There should be Speed in execution of plans, should spend more money on night landing, and work should be done on better visibility. More money should be spending on better with sufficient length. Every district should have 20-30 seated air connection. He said at least 25 percent of the total amount spend in making international airports should be for regional connectivity. Although AAI is working hard it is still a hard fact that only 3% of India’s total population have has sat in airlines, the market is yet to touch the 97% of the total population,”Gopinath added.