Aviation Ministry to map air routes of helicopters

Last Updated: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 16:14

Kochi: The Civil Aviation Ministry has
decided to map air routes of helicopters following the crash
which claimed the life of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Dorjee Khandu and four others.

"We have decided to have mapping of routes of
helicopters to fly especially after Arunachal Pradesh Chief
Minister`s death," Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi said
today.

Khandu`s Pawan Hans chopper crashed on April 30 last
at Luguthang ten minutes after take-off from Tawang helipad,
killing him and four others on board.
There were ambitious programmes to improve all
airports and have more airports in the country. But billons of
dollars are needed and the government`s policy was to develop
them on Private Public Partnership, Ravi said.

There is need to increase the connectivity in North
East and different areas where new airports and helicopters
services are necessary were also being looked into, he said at
a function at nearby Nedumbassery airport to mark the regional
centennial celebrations of Civil Aviation.

Air India was passing through a `turbulent` period, he
said, adding, its accrued loss was so high that PSU oil
companies had stopped supply of fuel for a day.
"We need Air India to improve. It needs planning and
cost cutting for the financial health of the airlines," he
said.

Air India`s biggest asset was its 43,000 employees
which include casual workers as well, he said.

On AI`s high paid employees, he said though he did not
want to criticise them, he wanted them to cooperate with
government to make it more viable.

"There is a need for everyone to cooperate. I am
trying my best to make the employees understand this. I have
no problem with lower or middle class employees, but the
highest paid employees."

PTI



First Published: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 16:14

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