Helitaxis in Himachal to start operations from January 29

Shimla:  The much awaited Heli Taxi service for high end tourists in Himachal Pradesh will be launched on January 29. The service will be launched at the Annadale helipad in Shimla on Saturday by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. Earlier the government had announced fares for various routes for the Heli taxis operating in Himachal Pradesh.

Director Tourism & Civil Aviation Dr. Arun Sharma said the base of operations for the service would be Annadale Helipad in Shimla. The success of the service would depend upon the demand, he added.

The operators who have been permitted to set up heli taxis in the state are Simm Samm Airways and Shiva Heli Services. They would ply on routes between -Shimla-Kullu, Kullu-Manali- Rohtang Pass-Tandi, Manali valley joyride flights etc.

There are 57 helipads in the state and many of them are located in tribal areas of  Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti and Pangi valley. The various destinations in these areas have no access for the tourists during the winter season due to heavy snow-fall on the high altitude passes.

Tourism Department is expecting that with the introduction of the service the inflow of high-end tourists and corporate houses would increase which will help in generation of indirect employment opportunity for the people of the remote areas.

The details about fare and flight timings can be had from offices of Himachal Tourism and directly from the offices of the heli taxi companies at these numbers: 098140-42482,098141-11125 and 0177-2831280, 092186-20213.

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