Maiden sea plane landing was successfully undertaken in the lagoon of the Minicoy Island, Lakshadweep on December 28 2020. Sheltered lagoons in Lakshadweep islands offer ideal space for seaplanes to land and take off.
This landing paves the way for expanding seaplanes operations to the islands from the mainland. Infrastructure required for air services using seaplane is fraction of cost of building runways at ecologically sensitive Lakshadweep islands.
The landing was undertaken under the aegis of Southern Naval Command with the active support and participation of UTL Administration. Commencement of sea plane services to Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands would be a major step towards boosting tourism and enhancing the overall development of the islands.