Jun 20, Colombo: Following the relaxation of strict regulations that were imposed during the war over entering into the air space of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, Sri Lanka's domestic airline and helicopter operator Deccan Aviation announced the establishment of the first privately-run helipad in the city center at the Colts Cricket Grounds in Havelock Road.
The Civil Aviation Authority in consultation with the Ministry of Defense has earmarked eight locations around the city that may be suitable to establish helipads.
During the war, only the Sri Lankan Air Force helicopters were allowed to enter into the city center air space. Private helicopters could not operate within 10 miles of the city center and passengers had to depart from the Ratmalana airport.
Suren, Deccan Vice Chairman says that they have established over 300 helipads throughout the island but a helipad in the city center is the most important.
Mirchandani has revealed that in near future Deccan will add an amphibious aircraft to its fleet making Deccan the only operator in the country to offer all three air travel options - helicopter, aircraft and seaplanes.