The introduction of seaplanes and water aerodromes in India
As part of the UDAN scheme, India has recently announced that it will be developing new water aerodromes. A water aerodrome (also known as a waterdrome) is a stretch of open water (a lake, or even the sea, for example) that can be used by seaplanes to land and take off. The water aerodromes have an aim to boost tourism, as well as fostering greater short-haul local connectivity. India has an extensive coastline of approximately 7500 kms, as well as having large lakes and water bodies - ideal for water aerodromes. With a much lower cost and less time required to develop, water aerodromes and an ideal solution for increasing connectivity.
On octubre 26, 2020, the first seaplane service (operated by SpiceJet) commenced in India, connecting Sabarmati Riverfront and Statue of Unity arrived in Kevadia, Gujarat.
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The following is a list of sites where water aerodromes are currently being developed:
- Statue of Unity (Sardar Sarovar Dam), Gujarat
- Shatrunjay Dam, Gujarat
- Sabarmati Riverfront, Gujarat
- Umrangso Reservoir, Assam
- Brahmaputra Riverfront, Assam
- Nagarjuna Sagar Dam, Telangana
- Prakasam Barrage, Andhra Pradesh
- Long Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
- Swaraj Dweep (Havelock Island)
- Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Shaheed Dweep (Neil Island)