Helicopter service between cities to start soon

You will soon be able to hop into a chopper to travel between Pune and Mumbai’s Juhu, Mumbai’s Mahalakshmi Race Course and Pune, and Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad.

Union aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said four heli-hubs will be developed in the country — Mumbai Juhu, Guwahati, Delhi and Bangalore (HAL Airport) — besides heliports along three expressways — Delhi-Bombay, Ambala-Kotpuli and Ambala-Bathinda-Jamnagar — to ensure timely evacuation for medical treatment of accident victims.

“We have identified 10 cities and 82 routes to develop helicopter corridors across the country, starting with Juhu-Pune-Juhu, Mahalakshmi Race Course-Pune, and Gandhinagar-Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar.

To give a boost to ‘Helicopter Emergency Medical Services’ in India, heliports will be developed alongside three expressways (Delhi-Bombay, Ambala-Kotpuli and Ambala-Bathinda-Jamnagar). These would ensure timely evacuation and medical treatment for accident victims,” Scindia said at a helicopter summit in Dehradun.

“A dedicated helicopter acceleration cell will be set up at Union aviation ministry, which will provide regulatory and policy direction to instill ease of doing business for the helicopter industry.”

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