CANDOLIM: Urban Air Mobility company, BLADE India in association with the Goa government, today announced the launch of three helicopter services for inbound travellers – by the seat flights connecting Goa airport to North, South Goa and old Goa airport, private charter services from Maharashtra and within Goa and experiential flights to soak in the stunning shorelines of the state.
Chief Minister, Dr. Pramod Sawant took the inaugural flight from the helipad here. A big number of mediapersons then attended a press conference where the CM expressed confidence that the helicopter service will boost Goa’s hinterland tourism in particular, as well as during medical emergencies.
BLADE will be providing by-the-seat helicopter services from Goa airport to North and South Goa wherein a person can book just a seat in a helicopter through the official website or app and cover this distance in a few minutes. Travellers can also opt for short experiential helicopter flights of 10-15 minutes to bask in the beautiful Goa views from atop or charter the entire aircraft should they wish to from nearby cities such as Mumbai, Pune and other neighbouring towns or within Goa as well. A few other landing points in Goa are Surla, Sanquelim in North Goa, adds a press release.
On the introduction of new routes, Amit Dutta, MD, BLADE India, said: “The aim of heli-tourism services is to make places more accessible through short-haul air mobility. The Goa airport and North – South Goa have always been disconnected due to the road travel time involved and have been a pain point for travellers in Goa and locals alike. The goal is to bridge the gap between the two locations and help local communities and businesses thrive by being connected”.