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Seaplanes and the environment

Saving emissions, guaranteed zero contaminants, and no underwater disturbance? Find out about environmental impact of seaplanes, and what Siam Seaplane does to ensure safe and sustainable operations.

Airport construction

Constructing new airports poses a significant environmental concern as it requires:
  • A permanent location and destruction of a natural habitat
  • Infrastructure support which leads to more construction, waste disposal, as well as it requires time and large investment
Seaplanes require only a body of water, suitable beach, or a floating dock
  • Seaplanes provide fast, safe, and low-impact transportation to remote and sensitive areas
  • The only infrastructure required is water

Optimized routes

  • Travel smarter with our optimized routes
  • Get from point A to B in the least amount of time
  • Seaplanes are not restricted to airports and allow greater flexibility in route planning
  • Less time flown = less fuel consumption = less pollution
  • Saving time is not only beneficial for our guests, but for everyone in the supply chain

Emission Reduction 48%

Time Savings 59% (2.5 hours less)


Conventional aviation fuel has both CO2 & lead emissions.

The highly efficient Pratt & Whitney turbine engines utilize highly refined kerosene as fuel which is up to 90% more efficient than conventional piston engines.

Turbine engines emit zero lead into the environment unlike conventional aircraft.

Zero fuel & oil contamination

Unlike conventional aircraft, the Cessna Grand Caravan EX is designed to have all fuel and oil contained in canisters approved by the Environmental Protection Agency which allows us to guarantee zero contaminants making their way to the natural habitat.

No underwater disturbance

Seaplane propellers are not submerged

  • Zero disturbance to underwater marine life and ecosystem
  • Minimal to zero risk of harming marine life

Minimal immersion of aircraft floats in the water

  • Do not pose a risk for non-native species contamination
  • The aircraft floats are only 2 feet underwater and pose minimal to no risk of collision with corals or marine life

Did you know?

There are 26 species of whales and dolphins in Thailand.

Whales and dolphins communicate and navigate with ‘echolocation.’

High frequency noise produced by propellers from ships and boats
disturb echolocation and stress marine life.

Minimum surface noise pollution

  • Our highly efficient turbine-powered aircraft produces 30% less noise than conventional large transport aircraft.
  • Noise-sensitive areas can be avoided as seaplanes can virtually land anywhere on water.
  • Seaplanes only require a short time for take-offs and landings, limiting noise exposure to only 20 to 60 seconds each time, unlike large diesel powered boats and ships that take much longer to clear the area.
  • Our carefully selected landing sites dramatically reduce noise levels.
Noise levels in decibels

We place utmost importance on sustainability and environmental impact, while ensuring a safe and comfortable service to our guests.

Further resources:

In light of global findings on virtually no environmental impact caused by seaplanes, as well as specific domestic studies conducted in-house, Siam Seaplane has the support and approval from the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), Thailand, to operate on pre-planned sites without the requirement for Initial Environmental Examinations (IEEs) or Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs).