MEHAIR to start aviation services within Gujarat
Gujarat, November 10, 2014 (STAT):-The Dept. of Civil Aviation, Govt. of Gujarat has issued a Letter of Intent (LOI) to M/s Maritime Energy Heli Air Services Pvt. Ltd. (MEHAIR) for starting aviation services across Gujarat. The LOI was issued to MEHAIR by the Hon'ble Chief Minister Ms. Anandiben Patel in a glittering ceremony in the presence of Mr. Saurabh Patel, Hon’ble Minister of Civil Aviation, Govt. of Gujarat and Ms. Sonal Mishra, IAS Secretary (Civil Aviation), Govt. of Gujarat.
With the finalization of this project, Gujarat became only the second state in the country after Madhya Pradesh to have its own regional intra-state aviation service. The finalization came after a tendering process which elicited a lot of interest from various aviation companies across India thus proving the growing interest of the business community in a progressive Gujarat. The tendering was a two round process with a technical round and a commercial round both of which were topped by MEHAIR.
The service will likely be launched within 45 days from the LOI i.e on or before 22nd Dec, 2014 and will connect Ahmedabad, Surat, Bhavnagar, Bhuj, Mandvi, Jamnagar, Keshod, Porbandar and Rajkot cities. MEHAIR, which is known for seaplane services in the country for launching the service using 2 x Cessna 208B Grand Caravan aircraft which are configured to carry 2 pilots and 09 passengers.
Mr. Siddharth Verma, Director & Co-Founder of the MEHAIR stated that "the launch of a regional air connectivity service in a progressive state like Gujarat will only provide a bigger fillip to not just trade and commence but tourism as well as religious tourism, since, it saves time and is a convenient mode of travel. Now people can finish business in a distant city within the state and still make it home in time to their home city the same day."
As part of the contract, the Govt. of Gujarat will provide a subsidy to the service on the various flights operating across the State. Not only will the general public benefit from the service but the Govt's options of travel also improve leading to a further increase in the efficiency levels of the administration.