Andaman and Nicobar islands to get India’s first water aerodromes

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News:Airports Authority of India(AAI) is in the process of seeking environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment,Forest and Climate Change for water aerodromes in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Facts:

About Water Aerodromes:

  • A water aerodrome is an area of open water that can be used by seaplanes as well as amphibious aircraft to land and take off.
  • Such aircraft are expected to take people across water faster and more safely than local boats
  • Moreover,depending on the volume of traffic,water aerodrome may have a terminal building on the shore or on a jetty where planes can dock, and bays where they can be parked.
  • The water drones are present in some island nations especially in the richer ones like the British Virgin Islands.
  • Also,there are few in Canada, including Yellowknife on the Great Slave Lake, Tofino on Vancouver Island and Whitehorse on Schwatka Lake.

Guidelines for setting up water Aerodromes:

  • The water aerodrome could be set up near locations of tourist and religious importance. 
  • The water aerodrome cannot be used for scheduled air transport services without licence.
  • An entity seeking to set up a water aerodrome has to take approvals from various authorities including the Ministries of Defence, Home, Environment and Forests and Shipping.

Advantages of Water Aerodrome:

  • The water Aerodromes will promote tourism as well as connect places of religious importance.
  • It will enhance air connectivity in the country by allowing amphibian planes which can operate in both land and water.
  • It will create employment in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.