Helicopter services within the GBA are no longer exclusively for high-rollers going to Macau: Shenzhen has introduced flights to Hong Kong as well. The first was run last Friday by an Airbus H135, which took 15 minutes from Shenzhen Baoan International Airport to the Shun Tak Heliport in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan district.
Shenzhen Eastern General Aviation Company will run a fleet a high-end helicopters that will expand to 1,000 within the next five years. It will focus on business and leisure travel for those wanting to experience what a “15-minute travel circle” within the GBA is like.
Although the first trip was from the airport, the city government will develop Shekou port to support helicopter services. These will also be used for emergency medical services, tourism, and short-distance logistics. The government says it will build the necessary infrastructure and simplify regulations. The city is also working on a larger low-altitude aerial transport plan as part of its urban mobility masterplan within the city that includes unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), together with input from Airbus and a number of other companies invested in expanding the drone business. Air taxis are coming.
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