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New drone policy will augment vertical aviation, urban air mobility: BLADE India

Karanpal Singh, founder of one of largest helicopter operators in India, says vertical aviation is designed to fulfil the short-haul need, which is basically converting a drive of 2-5 hours into 15-20 minutes’ flight. The company, he says, has seen a 65 percent repeat rate in the business.

September 22, 2021 / 07:43 PM IST

The government’s new drone policy, announced last month, is not only going to encourage the adoption of drones in India, but is also expected to push the growth of the urban air mobility segment in India, Karanpal Singh, Founder, BLADE India, told Moneycontrol in an interview.

BLADE India is one of the largest helicopter operators in India. Singh said that through the drone policy and the vertical aviation policy, the government is reviving the dormant helicopter market in India, which is on the verge of growing considerably in the coming years.

Before COVID-19, his company was seeing a 65 percent re-booking rate from customers, and it will once again target similar numbers, once they restart operations from October 4, he said.

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