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$20 flights, seaplanes and a giant statue: India's tourism plan

New SpiceJet routes draw flood of interest despite coronavirus

A SpiceJet seaplane lands in the Sabarmati river. Also called hydroplanes, these aircraft can land on water, meaning they can access rugged terrain and other areas where building a landing strip may not be an option.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- With India's tourism and travel sector mired in a massive slump as the country, along with most of the world, remains in a virtual lockdown because of the coronavirus, government and industry leaders have had to come up with novel ideas to spark some kind of growth.

One of the country's leading budget carriers, SpiceJet, looks to be on something. Thousands of people have signed up for the country's first-ever domestic route serviced by seaplane, raising hopes that government assistance to revive the sector will pay off.

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