NEW DELHI, Nov 4:Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation Rajiv Nayan Choubey on Saturday suggested Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) to explore possibilities for air travellers to avail of helicopter services to connect them nearer their homes in cities such as Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad and the like instead of taking to road travels by taxis since the Government is gearing up to provide the air commuters with regional connectivity through helicopter and smaller aircraft.
The suggestion was mooted at 1st Heli Expo India 2017 organised under aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here on Saturday by Mr Choubey who was delivering his key note address on the occasion. Mr Choubey said, “I have asked DIAL to explore possibilities for providing space for helicopters at well within Delhi Airports so that heli services are launched for providing direct connectivity to air travelers so that these avail of such facilities and reach their respective destinations through air routes and within much shorter time instead taking to land routes that takes longer and is cumbersome also given the traffic congestion”.
Minister of Tourism, Uttarakhand & Chairman, Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board, Satpal Maharaj in his remarks urged the Centre to encourage and optimise air travel through helicopter services in hilly states and northern eastern parts of the country as also provide subsidies for spare parts manufacturers of heliports enabling medical and disaster management functions efficiently and at cheaper cost in such difficult terrains as exist in hilly part of the country.
In his welcome remarks Vice-President of PHD Chamber D K Aggarwal said, ”There is a need for all stakeholders to engage and collaborate with policy makers to implement efficient and rational decisions that would boost India’s civil aviation industry. With the right policies and relentless focus on quality, cost and passenger interest, India would be well placed to achieve its vision of becoming the third-largest aviation market by 2026.”