Aviation

Mehair eyes role in regional connectivity scheme

MJUMBAI: Maritime Energy Heli Air Services (MEHAIR) is set to become a player in the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) as the government makes way for amphibian planes to participate in its flagship initiative.

Mehair said on its website that it would be “inducting 19 seat, twin engine aircraft for connecting the Tier II and Tier III geographies with the metros,” reports Moneycontrol.com.

It will start its operations from Maharashtra where it plans to connect Mumbai with Shirdi, Nanded, Sholapur, Kohlapur, Latur, etc, and will slowly progress to other parts of India, including the Northeast.

The Mumbai-headquartered firm was previously finding it difficult to generate demand as it sought to connect Maharashtra with the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Amphibious planes are are capable of taking off and landing on water. Seaplanes and floatplanes come under the umbrella of the amphibious aircraft.

The Civil Aviation Ministry has started conducting mandatory tests required for permitting licenses to kickstart the construction of water aerodromes in Maharashtra and Northeastern states to begin with. This was done after several players showed interest.

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