Goa, which is expected to attract around 7.5 million visitors this year, will be boosting its tourism with sea planes, helicopters and amphibious vehicles.
Dilip Parulekar, Goa tourism minister said, “The sea plane project will start on January 6. We have already signed a contract with Mumbai-based MEHAIR company, which will run the sea planes connecting Dabolim airport to different rivers across the state. While the sea planes and helicopters will be flying across the state from the Vasco-based Dabolim airport, plans are afoot to start amphibious vehicle services for tourists which will take them from cities to inland water routes.”
Parulekar said that sea planes will land in the Mandovi and Chapora rivers during the first phase and the tourists will be directly flown from the airport to the heart of the coastal state.
The trial run for sea planes was successfully held on May 23 last year. The state tourism department will also launch private helicopter services connecting Dabolim airport to various helipads from January 15, 2016 onwards.
“Semi-government organisation Pawan Hans has already entered into an agreement with us wherein they will fly tourists from the airport to various helipads in places like Aguada, Old Goa and Canacona,” added Parulekar.
The tourism department is also ready with four amphibious buses which would be launched in the state after proper approval is obtained from the Union shipping ministry. Goa tourism ministry held discussions with shipping minister Nitin Gadkari during his recent Goa visit. These amphibious buses will be launched once the approvals are received.