Monday, August 21, 2017

Pawan Hans can steer heli taxis if govt has its back

Bengaluru all set to become the first city in the country to have a helicopter shuttle service, but instead of the initially proposed government-owned Pawan Hans, it is a private helicopter firm Thumby Aviation Pvt Ltd that jumped in to offer the service.

A Parliamentary Committee had recommended the name of Pawan Hans Ltd to explore if its helicopters can be used as air taxis to provide last mile connectivity between the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) and the city centre. Pawan Hans Ltd has said that it can do so only if the state government provides Viability Gap Funding (VGF).

The flagship helicopter service provider of the Government of India, which operates a fleet of more than 50 helicopters, was recommended by a committee comprising MPs. In a report submitted in March, the committee had made this suggestion to the government.

But Thumby Aviation Pvt Ltd grabbed the opportunity and also conducted a survey before it decided to launch the helicopter shuttle service. It is now in the process
of seeking regulatory approvals to offer the service.
21/08/17 Hemanth CS/Bangalore Mirror