Helitours Sri Lanka, the air passage transport unit of SLAF Sri Lanka Air Force operates helicopter tours Discover Serendipity. Helitours Sri Lanka, the largest and premier domestic air service in Sri Lanka launched to meet the needs of domestic air service in Sri Lanka in the year 1972. Helitours aim is to offer domestic air passage services for the general public at lowest possible air fares.
Helitours completed its 200th flight on 24th March 2010. Helitours is also expected to create another historic milestone when it eventually becomes the first domestic aviation body to introduce scheduled flights using helicopters.
Helitours, the brainchild of Air Marshal Paddy Mendis, incorporated as a strategic business unit of SLAF in the year 1972, restricted to essential military equipments for three decades, has now geared towards the growing civilian demand in the backdrop of tourism boom in Sri Lanka, taking domestic air travel to new heights.
Helitours fleet consists of twenty fixed wing aircrafts and helicopters including Bell-206, also known as the Jet Ranger, Bell- 212, Bell- 412 and Mi-17.
The seating capacity if helicopters and aircrafts
Jet Ranger: 04 passengers
Bell- 212 and Bell- 412: 08 passengers
Mi-17: of 20 passengers
AN 32 B: 45 passengers
Y-12: 15 passengers
Operator: Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), Sri Lanka
Helitours base: Ratmalana air base of Sri Lanka Air Force
City Office: Helitours with a new-look and state-of-the-art office is located at No. 395, Galle Road, Colombo 03 (Colpetty) in front of Abans complex.
Airport Office: Helitours' ticket counter established at the CMB Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport
Ticket counters: Air Force Headquarters at Colombo, Jaffna, Ratmalana and Trincomalee.
Helitours offers scheduled flights to Anuradhapura, Palaly, Chinabay (Trincomalee), Batticaloa and Ampara
Helitours handles charter flights to and from any part of Sri Lanka including city to airport transfers.
We are now focusing our attention on being a more private oriented airline operation and are considering launching flights to South Asian destinations, Wing Commander Dayal Wijerathne, 18 July 2010.