Ashok Gajapathi Raju Central minister for Civil Aviation has said that ‘’necessary action has been taken for operating small amphibious and land planes in Andhra Pradesh’’, here on Monday at a meeting which is South Asia’s first awareness meeting conducted by ‘’Aviation Safety World Bird-Struck Association’’ in Visakhapatnam. (“Amphibious aircrafts for Andhra Pradesh”)
Mr. Gajapathi Raju as come as the chief guest for the meeting. Speaking at the event the aviation minister has said that nearly 10 crore people are travelling through air travelling medium and depending on the air passenger traffic our country is ranked 3rd place worldwide. The increasing accidents because of slight domestic issues are becoming a concern, he said.
Protection of airports is not only confined to the government, public as well need to take the responsibility he added. With the advent of amphibious aircraft’s, there would as well be an increase in the tourism sector. Seaplane operations can bring the remotest parts of India into the mainstream aviation network without the high cost of building airports and runways.
7500km coastline of Andhra Pradesh and the number of rivers in the state would be beneficial for starting the seaplane cum landplane services in the state. These services would start at the Bhogapuram Airport of Visakhapatnam as soon as the remaining land requirement of 250 acres was pooled, he said.
A private airline in collaboration with government has recently conducted a trial flight of a seaplane that landed at the Girgaon Chowpatty in Mumbai, in the presence of Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapthi Raju as well as the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources Nitin Gadkari.