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Monday, 02 November, 2020, 10 : 45 AM [IST]

SpiceJet gets 3,000 bookings soon after seaplane service launch in Gujarat

Ajay Singh, CMD, SpiceJet on Saturday said that they have received as much as 3000 bookings for the seaplane route between Sabarmati riverfront and Statue of Unity shortly after the launch of operations in Gujarat.

It is to be noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the country’s first seaplane route on Saturday. “Prime Minister Narendra Modiji encouraged us a lot to begin this flight and today he not only inaugurated the flight, but he was also our first passenger. This is country’s first scheduled sea plane service that will connect Statue of Unity to Ahmedabad,” Singh told media persons. The SpieceJet boss addressed the media after returning from Kevadiya Colony on the aircraft which has the capacity to accommodate 15 passengers, two pilots and an attendant.

“We will be trying to connect Statue of Unity with other cities. Our first attempt will be to connect Surat. The existing (one-way) fares will be between INR 1,500-5,000… It is not like any other common flight. It is a special experience as it would fly at low altitudes from where the surrounding beauty can be seen near Statue of Unity. People who have a habit of uploading pictures of social media will be able to capture very good pictures on this flight,” he added.

Singh added that only 30 per cent of the seats will be priced at INR 1500 under the UDAN scheme. “The rest of the seats will be priced as per the market demand,” he added. SpiceJet began taking bookings on for the sea plane service between Ahmedabad and Statue of Unity on Friday. “There were too many bookings and so we have now started making a list of people who are interested. We will be intimating them. From tomorrow there will be regular commercial flights… The demand seems to be pretty overwhelming. We have received 3000 requests so far. We had started bookings last night,” Singh said.

A message on the spice shuttle website read: “We are experiencing heavy traffic and there is limited inventory on our flights. We will try out best to accommodate your request. Please wait for our confirmation.”  (Source: Zee News)

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