Maldives to resume commercial helicopter operations

Tourism Minister Moosa Zameer speaks at celebration of International Civil Aviation Day at Dharubaaruge. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

Tourism Minister Moosa Zameer speaks at celebration of International Civil Aviation Day at Dharubaaruge. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU

The Maldives is to resume commercial helicopter flights soon, announced Minister of Tourism Moosa Zameer late Wednesday.

Commercial helicopter flights had been operated in the Maldives several years ago, though currently only the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) operates helicopters on special operations such as rescue or emergency transfer of hospital patients across islands.

Speaking at the celebration of the International Civil Aviation Day at Dharubaaruge convention centre in capital Male, Minister Zameer, who also heads the Civil Aviation Authority, stated that the government has decided to authorise permission for commercial helicopter flights again and is currently working to amend its regulations.

Assuring that helicopter services will resume very soon at the current speed of the project’s progress, the minister also disclosed that the government has already received several proposals for the operation.

Stressing the priority of security for helicopter operations, Minister Zameer said the government will first look into the data of the previous operations and its security details, and conduct independent assessments.

The minister also announced at the ceremony that the Maldives will introduce a whole new range of aviation services soon, including recreational services, general aviation operations and rotary-wing aircraft.

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