Heli-charter services in Bengal next week

Kolkata, Dec 22 (IANS) Prayag Aviation - a unit of a Kolkata-based company Saturday said it would introduce heli-charter services in West Bengal from the next week with an investment of Rs.100 crore.

Prayag Group will offer charter services across locations in the state to high net-worth individuals (HNIs), corporates and other institutions. It will kick-start operations with a new black Bell 407 helicopter with a capacity of six passengers.

Commenting on the launch, Prayag group managing director Avik Bagchi said: "It has been the need of the hour to provide a continued and safe helicopter service. We expect a large demand coming from corporates."

Bagchi said the firm was also planning to expand charter services to the northeast too.

"For people of Kolkata, we have plans to launch heli-tourism, which includes joy-ride services and pilgrim tourism. Based on the demand, we will expand our fleet with helicopters and small aeroplanes as well," he added.