Eight companies have shown interest in starting domestic helicopter operations from December, catering to the tourist boom expected during the winter season.
The Civil Aviation Department is expected to give the green light to these operators, as soon as inspections into technicalities of the helicopters and operational matters are sorted out.rn
rnDeccan Aviation Lanka, backed by Deccan of India, European Helicopters backed by Heliavia Germany, Paradise Helicopters by Gulf helicopter of Qatar, Mundo by R. J. F. brothers Hong Kong, and Nippon Lanka Trading are among the interested overseas operators. rn
rnThree local parties Maharaja Organization-operating Air Taxies, Expo Aviation and IWS Holdings have also expressed interest.rn
rnThe eight operators will contribute to a fleet of more than ten helicopters ranging from Bell long-range and jet helicopters to Chetak helicopters.rn
rnAccording to officials, the cost per hour per flight will range between US$ 800-US$ 1,500. rn
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