MEHAIR to introduce intra-city seaplanes from Juhu to Girgaum Chowpatty

Written by FE Online | Mumbai | Updated: Oct 27 2014, 23:41pm hrs
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MEHAIR along with Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has completed a successful trial of the intra-city seaplane flights between Juhu to Girgaum-Chowpatty. MEHAIR and MTDC, has been working on the project for two years and has already obtained crucial clearances from several authorities including the nod from the ministry of defence, Coast Guard, Indian Navy, and Mumbai Police, Urban development department, BMC, Mumbai Port Trust, Mumbai Police, environment department and the Airports Authority of India etc

MEHAIR is already operating daily seaplane flights between Mumbai and Pawna Dam and has conducted trial landings of its seaplane in Mula Dam (Meherabad/Shirdi) for which the commercial operations are being launched from early next month. The company's Cessna 208A amphibian aircraft took off from Juhu Aerodrome in Mumbai and successful splashing touch-down in the waters off Girgaum Chowpatty seven minutes later. Estimated travel time by road for commuters is approximately 1hr and 30 min from Juhu to Girgaum Chowpatty; with seaplane service the travel time will be reduced considerably to under 10 min.

Speaking on the occasion, Siddharth Verma, co-founder and director, MEHAIR, said, With the commercial launch of the service, Mumbai will become one of the few cities in the world that have a seaplane service originating in the heart of the business district. We are confident that the public at large will see the value of the service and take full advantage of it.

The company is all set to launch flights to Gangapur Dam (Nasik) and Dhoom Dam (Mahabaleshwar) next.