Ever travelled within Goa by road or rail? Now, get ready to experience Goa and its hinterlands from the sky! Experience a new way to travel, with the recently-launched helicopter services in Goa.
On Friday, the Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant, inaugurated Blade Aviation's helicopter services in Goa.
Speaking at the inaugural, Sawant said that these services would be operational for both tourism and medical emergencies. “I congratulated Blade Aviation for their first initiative in Goa. There are more than 8 million tourists, who come to Goa and want to explore the less-explored places. This mobility initiative will give them the opportunity to explore Goa's hinterlands, and at the same time, shortern the travel distance from North Goa to South Goa,” said Sawant.
“People can also come from nearby areas, like Kollpaur, Belgaum, etc. If Blade needs any permission from the government, we will give it to them and support them,” Sawant added.
Head of Airbus Helicopters for India and South Asia, Sunny Guglani said that as an Indian himself, he has travelled the country and realized that tourism in the country is underdevelopment and unexploited section.
“We are such a beautiful country with such geographical diversity. So, how is it that we have less than 2 percent shares of world’s international rivals? It is question we need to think as a country. It is safe, efficient and fast mobility. This is what we are trying to tackle at Blade and helicopters is what comes in,” he said.
Guglani further added that in Goa, there are many beaches, forts, waterfalls and the hinterlands is something that need to be explored. For such initiative, helicopters will play a pivotal role in unlocking the potential of the state of Goa when it comes to tourism.
Founder of Blade Aviation, Karanpal Singh said that Goa is one of the most frequented destination of the country and it is a great for us to give a solution to heli-tourism in Goa. “This will be the one of the firsts initiatives in the country for helitourism and to get people from neighbouring cities to Goa and connect them to mobility. And, this will surely make an impact to Goa tourism industry,” Singh added.
EDC, vice-chairman, Sanjay Satardekar said that this is golden day for Goa's tourism and with such ideas the tourism industry will not only expand but advance. "These helicopter services will be affordable for both high and low income group. They can see the beauty of Goa. we want to make Goa a modern state. Goa has a lot of potential which needs to be visualized," he added.