The company, a joint venture between the government and state-owned ONGC, has a fleet of 42 helicopters. It bagged 11 routes spread across five states in the second round of bidding under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).
To start the RCS services, he said infrastructure and commercial systems have to be developed as it would be "working as an airline".
"We require more number of choppers... we have 42 helicopters and we are leasing eight more," Sharma said on the sidelines of a conference organised by the Foundation for Aviation and Sustainable Tourism.
RCS, also known as UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) seeks to connect unserved and under-served airports as well as make flying more affordable. Participating airlines and chopper service provides are provided with various incentives, including viability gap funding.
Besides, the ministry has selected 12 sites to be developed as iconic sites. It will have world class facilities as far as infrastructure is concerned, she added.
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