In a bid to promote the tourism, sea planes, helicopters and amphibious vehicles will be soon available in Goa and the state is expected to attract 7.5 million visitors from this year.
In a statement, Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said that the seaplane project will start on January 6 and the Goa tourism department has already signed a contract with Mumbai-based MEHAIR Company, which will run the sea planes connecting Dabolim airport to different rivers across the state.
He added that the sea planes and helicopters will be flying across the state from the Vasco-based Dabolim airport and there are also plans to start amphibious vehicle services for tourists which will take them from cities to inland water routes. “The sea planes will land in the Mandovi and Chapora River during the first phase and the tourists will be directly flown from the airport to the heart of the coastal state,” Dilip Parulekar said.
The trial run of sea place was successfully done on May 23 and state tourism department is going to launch the private helicopter services from January 15 connecting Dabolim airport to various helipads.
The semi-government organisation Pawan Hans has already entered into an agreement with the Goa government to make the tourists fly from the airport to various helipads in places like Aguada, Old Goa and Canacona.
Till 2015, nearly 6.5 million tourists are visiting every year and with all these new initiatives, the government expecting 7.5 million tourists in Goa.