The Nagaland, India, Sate Transport Department has resumed its passenger helicopter service in Phek after seven years of suspension, according to several news reports. To do so, reports said the government is partnering with Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd.
News reports said that, according to officials, the service was suspended due to security concerns over the usage of the Assam Rifles helipad. Assam Rifles is a military unit that, according to its website, “conducts counter insurgency operations in the north-east and other areas where deemed necessary, under control of the army.” Reports have said that the force has now given clearance for use of its helipad.
Global Vectra Helicorp said it is the country’s “largest private sector helicopter operator.” The operator’s onshore fleet features the Bell Helicopter 412, the Airbus Helicopters EC155 and the Airbus EC135.