Seaplanes, one of the projects featured at the Emerging Kerala meet at Kochi last year and initiated by Kerala Tourism, will be launched later this month to offer quick connectivity to tourism destinations.

Announcing this at a press conference here on Friday, Minister for Tourism A.P. Anil Kumar said all major mandatory licences had been received for launching the service.

Clearances from the Union Ministries of Defence and Home Affairs were awaited this week.

A date had to be fixed for the inauguration of the service by Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, the Minister added.

“Initially, it was to be launched from 20 places. We have five locations in the State that have received clearance for the landing and take-off of seaplanes. Five operators are ready to offer the service,” the Minister said.

Seaplanes are single or twin-engine aircraft with nine or ten seats, at the maximum, able to land on water as well as on land.

The service would initially be available in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kumarakom and Munnar.