“I am very optimistic that this will further increase the number of tourists to the state. The planes will only operate on backwaters,” state tourism secretary Suman Billa said.
“We plan to carry out the test flight by April 15 and regular services will start anytime after that,” MD Kerala Tourism Infrastructure Ltd Anil Kumar S said.
While the refuelling and maintenance of these aircraft will be done at Trivandrum, Cochin and Calicut airports, there would be five water dromes at Ashtamudi,Punnamada (Alapuzha), Thanneermu-kkom (Kumarakom), Bolgatty (Cochin) and Bekkal.
The seaplanes, Kumar said, could be used for joy rides besides helping tourists reach their destinations in around 30 minutes.