Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Aviation majors in fray to operate copter taxis in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: After launching expressway projects worth almost Rs 1 trillion, the Uttar Pradesh government is now betting big on the aviation sector to propel the state’s economic growth.

Air travel, comprising both business and leisure, is expected to give a fillip to the socioeconomic landscape by attracting fresh investment. It would also ramp up infrastructure and create jobs.

The Yogi Adityanath government is facilitating the development of big-ticket airports, including the international aviation hub at Jewar in Greater Noida. It is also setting up heliports at major tourist hotspots like Agra, Mathura and Lucknow.

The heliports projects, to be developed under the public-private partnership (PPP) model, will be awarded to operators after competitive bidding.

In fact, five companies have already been shortlisted by the UP tourism department to develop heliport infrastructure and operate chopper services on the Agra-Meerut route. The five companies are Fly Blade India, Rajas Adventure, Oasis, Shaurya Aeronautics and Shirisha Technologies.

Fly Blade operates air services in Shirdi (Maharashtra) and Rajas Adventure operates seaplanes in Gujarat.

“The financial bids of these companies will soon be opened before the proposal is sent to the state cabinet for approval,” a state government official said.

The heliport services are slated to be launched in all major religious and ecotourism hubs across the state.

08/08/22 Business Standard

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