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India opens first heliport

India opens first heliport

In a major and long-overdue event, India’s first integrated heliport was opened on February 28 at Rohini in Delhi.

It is the first of four such planned in other regions of the country.

The heliport, opened by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, has the capacity to handle 150 passengers, and has 4 hangers, parking for 16 helicopters, and 9 parking bays.

The new facility will act as hub for north Indian cities like Agra, Dehradun, Shimla, Mathura, and Meerut.

Tourism, as well as medical missions are among the things that will get a boost from the opening of these heliports. It is also expected to reduce congestion at the Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Secretary Civil Aviation R N Choubey said this is part of India’s national aviation policy – to boost regional connectivity.

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