Heli taxi service soon in Himachal

Himachal Pradesh Government is in the process of finalizing the contracting out of Heli taxi service in the state to private players for attracting high end tourists in the state, according to a report in My Himachal heli taxi

As per report the technical bids for the service had been opened and four operators had been shortlisted. Among the companies shortlisted are state owned operator Pawan Hans, a private operator from Chandigarh and another from Mumbai.

Even though there is a huge demand for heli services but despite the government having invited expression of interest earlier also, the concept of air taxi services by helicopter has not got grounded for the last seven years.

Manisha Nanda, secretary tourism, while confirming the government intention to start air taxi services said:

An earlier trial of offering joy rides for tourists using the governments leased helicopter showed that there were many foreigners and high spending takers for it and it was a profitable proposition. We have invited bids for operating heli-taxi services and would only seal a deal after opening of the financial bids of the four operators who have been found fit after assessing their technical bids. We have suggested some routes and have asked the operators interested in starting the service to try and identify routes that could hold commercial value.

There is a demand for helicopter service from Delhi / Chandigarh directly to tourists spots in the state. Himachal has a network of 57 helipads in all corners of the state.

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