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Rajiv Gandhi aviation centre to open soon

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FLYING HIGH: Minister for Law M. Vijayakumar gets ready to fly after inaugurating a helicopter tourism project in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. — Photo: C. Ratheesh Kumar

Thiruvananthapuram: Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs M. Vijayakumar has said that the Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Training Centre attached to the Thiruvananthapuram international airport will start functioning soon. Inaugurating the helicopter services of King Rotors & Air Charter and Air Travel Enterprises Ltd. at the Central Stadium here on Friday, Mr. Vijayakumar, who also holds the charge of Civil Aviation and Railways, said the Government was trying to get pilots for the centre.

The Minister said transport, tourism and communication sectors of the State were witnessing speedy development and the helicopter service would be a boon to tourists, businessmen and IT professionals who wished to commute quickly from one destination to another.

Helipad set up

Principal Secretary E.K. Bharat Bhushan, who presided over the meeting, said Kerala Tourism had set up a helipad in the renovated Samudra Park at the Kovalam beach resort for helicopter service.

Managing Director of King Rotors K.M.G. Nair said besides helicopter services to tourist destinations within the State and outside, it would offer services to pilgrim centres of Guruvayur and Sabarimala. Capt. Nair said the company was exploring the possibility of evacuating pilgrims who fell sick during the pilgrimage to Sabarimala. The company had identified helipads at KIMS hospital and Ananthapuri Hospital in the capital city for medical evacuation.

MLA George Mercier, Managing Director of KTDC K.G. Mohanlal, Chairman of Air Travel Enterprises E.M. Najeeb and Chairman of King Rotors A.R. Babu spoke.

A memorandum of understanding between Air Travel Enterprises and King Rotors was exchanged between Capt. Nair and Mr. Najeeb.

`Shoreline flights' covering the capital city, `Fly the Hills' services from Thiruvananthapuram to Thekkady-Munnar-Kochi and Kumarakom, `Backwaters by Air' from Thiruvananthapuram to Kumarakom and `Capital by Air' services would be offered apart from `Niche Services.'

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