India’s Civil Aviation Minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the country’s first integrated heliport at Rohini in North Delhi on 28 February 2017. The minister dedicated the heliport to the nation. This heliport has been developed by Pawan Hans Limited.
- It is spread over more than 25 acres. It consists of a terminal building having a capacity of 150 passengers along with four hangars with the parking capacity of 16 helicopters and 9 parking bays.
- It also has a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility for upkeeping of Pawan Hans’ helicopter fleet as well as for third-party maintenance work. It also has its own separate Air Traffic Control.
- It will play an important role in providing various helicopter services ranging from offshore transport, connecting remote & inaccessible Islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep besides promoting heli-tourism in India.
- It will also be used for operating services for disaster management, emergency medical services, law and order surveillance as well as a centre for the skill development of pilots and engineers.
- It will reduce congestion at the Delhi Airport, which currently handles about 40 to 50 helicopter arrivals and departures on an average per day besides the large-scale fixed-wing operations.