State Affairs

Helitourism comes to Andhra

VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department has signed an MoU with Mak Aero Space and Aviation Pvt. Ltd, Delhi, to promote helitourism.

The initial services will be introduced in Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati, reports The Hindu.

The helicopter transport services will include joy rides, packages, heli-taxi services, packaging with wedding plans in Tirupati, aerial reconnaissance and disaster management.

Initially, a six-seater helicopter (Bell 206 L4 / Bell 407) will be introduced and gradually the number of seats will be increased to realise the full potential of heli-tourism and air-connectivity.

The Tourism Department will provide all infrastructural support, including helipads in the areas of operation, passenger-holding area, control room and security/screening facility to the Mak Aero Space and Aviation to carry out the activities.

The company will be responsible for ticketing, promotion and for executing all commercial operations with the support of the A.P. Tourism.

The MoU was exchanged between the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Andhra Pradesh Tourism Himanshu Shukla, Malaya Ranjan Behera, Managing Director, Mak Aero Space.

“It’s an amazing concept and is bound to help boost tourism services in the state. We will extend our full support to ensure smooth implementation of the initiative which will help tourists from outside to explore weekend getaways in a convenient manner,” said Mr. Shukla


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