chopper services: BLADE launches chopper services in Goa
The State Chief Minister Pramod Sawant inaugurated the service at Aguada Heliport in North Goa.
With this launch, the company aims to make Goa more accessible and navigable for travellers, she added.
BLADE has three landing points – North Goa (at Surla), South Goa and Old airport – to operate its services in the state, according to the company.
The aim of helitourism services is to make places more accessible through air mobility over short distances, said Amit Dutta, Managing Director of BLADE India.
“Goa Airport and North-South Goa has always been disconnected due to travel time by car and has been a pain point for travelers to Goa and locals alike. The aim is to bridge the gap between the two places and helping local communities and businesses thrive by being connected,” he said.
BLADE said it will provide seat flying helicopter services from Goa Airport to North Goa and South Goa where a customer can book a seat in a helicopter through the official website or app of the society.
Further, a client can also charter the entire helicopter for in-state as well as inter-state (Maharashtra) travel, he said.
Additionally, travelers can opt for short experiential helicopter flights of 10 to 15 minutes to enjoy an aerial view of Goa, BLADE said in the statement.
“Heli tourism will enable us to explore the hinterland of Goa like never before. The government will provide every kind of support to such initiatives to promote tourism in the state,” Chief Minister Sawant said.
Goa is the third state of BLADE India, a joint venture between New York-based BLADE Urban Air Mobility Inc and Delhi-based venture capital firm Hunch Ventures.
It made a foray into the Indian market with the launch of its services in Maharashtra in March 2019. In December 2020, the company expanded its operations to Karnataka.
After an overwhelming response in Maharashtra and Karnataka, BLADE India is rapidly expanding its footprint in the country and preparing to enter India’s favorite leisure holiday destination, Goa, the company said.