PT Whitesky Aviation is targeting the middle class to use helicopters for transportation in the city from Soekarno-Hatta Airport to the city center.
The air taxi concept has been running since last August 2019.
PT Whitesky Aviation CEO Denon B. Prawiraatmadja said the flying taxi concept appeared to welcome the multi-modal development of Soekarno-Hatta Airport.
“The opportunity and market share are large, we see passengers at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta airport reach 60 million per year, consisting of various groups,” he explained in a discussion on Friday (26/2/2021).
Denon explained that this flying taxi can reach 72 location points in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi which can be checked through the ‘Helicity’ application.
With prices vary depending on the distance and duration of the flight ranging from IDR 8 – 20 million per helicopter. This is different from charter helicopters, which start from IDR 20 million.
The difference is that Helicity has a capacity of 3-4 passengers using a single-engine helicopter. While the helicopter charter can accommodate 6 – 8 passengers.
But at certain hours this helicopter rental company will provide promos for business and non-business customers so that there will be more demand.
This heliport in Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta airport occupies an area of around 2.7 hectares with a value of Rp. 80 billion along with several other supporting facilities. It has 8 helipads, 10 hangars, customer lounges, cafes, office complexes, medical evacuation facilities, and others.
During the pandemic, the passengers will follow the health protocol by showing the results of the rapid antigen or PCR test before departure with a period of 2×24 hours and 3×24 hours.
Expansion to Bali
PT Whitesky Aviation plans to expand its business not only at Soekarno Hatta airport but also to Bali.
“I hope that in the future we can also cooperate with AP I (Angkasa Pura) in Bali and AP II at other airports,” said Denon.
Denon explained that the development of air taxis is also being intensified so that there will be more enthusiasts, especially from the middle class. Seeing the fairly affordable prices ranging from Rp. 8 – 20 million.
Denon hopes that government banks and regional banks will be interested in taking part in procuring helicopters.