Heli-taxi services by 3 operators for high end tourists in Himachal

Shimla: To start heli-taxi services in Himachal for high end tourists, the tourism department has signed an agreement with three helicopter operating companies.

The three companies with whom agreements have been signed for starting heli-taxi services are, Simm Samm, Airways Pvt. Ltd., Shiva Heli Services and Mesco Airlines Ltd, said Arun Sharma, director tourism Himachal.

He said that Simm Samm Airways Pvt. Ltd. had proposed to operate on the Kullu-Manali-Koksar, Manali-Sissu-Manali-Tandi(DIET), Tandi-Udaipur and Udaipur-Killar routes.

Shiva Heli Services would operate between Manali-Bhuntar-Manali, Manali-Rohtang Pass-Manali, Manali Valley Ferry (Joyride) from SASE BASE routes whereas MESCO Airlines Ltd. had proposed to operate between Shimla (Annadale)-Chandigarh Airport, Chandigarh Airport-Dharamsala (Police Ground), Dharamsala (Police Ground)-Chandigarh Airport, Chandigarh Airport-Shimla (Annadale) or Shimla (Annadale)-Kullu Airport, Kullu Airport-Tandi (DIET), Tandi (DIET)-Udaipur, Udaipur-Killar, Killar-Udaipur, Udaipur-Tandi (DIET), Tandi (DIET)- Kullu Airport, Kullu Airport-Shimla (Annadale) or Shimla (Annadale)-Tabo, Shimla (Annadale)-Kaza, Tabo-Kaza, Kaza-Tabo, Tabo-Shimla(Annadale) or Shimla (Annadale)-Reckong Peo or Reckong Peo-Shimla (Annadale).

All the Heli taxi operators would be based at Annadale Helipad Shimla and Manali simultaneously and ticketing would be done by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) from their offices and hotels within and outside the state, said Sharma.

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