Visakhapatnam: Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that they have taken decision to start seaplane services near Prakasam Barrage in Krishna river in Vijayawada, while inaugurating an awareness conference on aviation safety organised by World Bird Strike Association (WBA) and Andhra Pradesh government at a private hotel here on Monday.
“As of now, 10 crore passengers are flying in the country. With this figure, the country stands at third spot in world in regard to air passengers count,” he said adding that with introduction of seaplanes, the tourism sector would get a boost.
He said construction of 80 new airports is underway across the country. Energy Principal Secretary Ajay Jain stressed the need of having an airfield away from the Central Business District. Rear Admiral Manish Singh from Indian Navy also spoke on the occasion.
Lalita Vaswani, vice-president of WBA, South Asia, explained the genesis of the conference and how WBA works as catalyst for International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Virender Singh, Peter Jarman, Ronel Jit and others were present.