The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), which signed the MoUs for a five-year period, will help the chopper service providers with government approvals, permits, certification and access to government helipads. It will also help the service providers in tie-ups with luxury hotels and resorts. The MoUs are part of the state’s heli tourism project.
The service providers who come on board will need to provide heli tourism services at the notified locations. They should operate 50 trips of passenger services per year during the first two years and 100 trips per year after that, Pankaj Kumar Pandey, Secretary at the Tourism department, which is helming the project said.
Karnataka is home to a number of historical and religious places, wildlife parks, hill stations and waterfronts.