Connect with us


Aussie plans to launch second helitour firm



PHUKET: Australian Harry Kerylidis this morning met with Phuket Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura to solicit his support to launch Phuket Heli-Tours, which would become the island’s second helicopter tour company.

Mr Kerylidis explained that the idea originated from Capt Bob Pagett who, he said, has been operating helicopter tours in Queensland, Australia, “flying stars around” for the past seven years, and now wants to move his operation to Phuket.

“Phuket is fast becoming one of the most popular tourism destinations in Asia,” Mr Kerylidis said.

“The Governor is positive and has said many good things [about the idea],” he said. “With his approval and his direction, we are hoping to start this business within the next three or four months.”

“There is nothing more important than the blessing and the direction of the Governor because these are his people, and he knows the island. If he gives his support then we know we are moving in the right direction and that this will be good for the island,” he added.

Mr Kerylidis said the company is looking at bringing two new Bell helicopters, each costing about 30 million baht and having a capacity of seven to eight passengers each.

However, he explained that the business is still in its early stages. “We are looking at 150 million baht to start this business. We’re looking at investors in Australia, though a Thai investor would be more than welcome on board,” he said.

He added that the company was examining several places to use as a base, two in Patong, another in Kathu, and Phuket International Airport.

The helicopters will be available for emergency rescue if needed, Mr Kerylidis said.

If the Governor approves the tour service, the company’s next step will be to register with the Department of Civil Aviation and apply for an air tour operator’s license from the Air Transportation Office.

Gov Udomsak said, “This service will raise Phuket’s profile and add another aspect to Phuket’s tourism, especially for rich tourists.”

However, he added, “Mr Kerylidis has shown me the business plan. He must find investors first. So first he must find the capital, and then get the licenses, so it will proceed step-by-step.”

“He needs my approval, which I have yet to give [officially],” he said. “I have to read the business plan in greater detail first.”


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand12 hours ago

Cabinet seems to have ignored 4am nightlife proposal

Video13 hours ago

THAILAND NEWS TODAY | Korean woman arrested for 5-million-baht theft, 6-year overstay

Crime13 hours ago

Tuhao’s Chinese gang buys 50 homes in Bangkok luxury village with cash

Sponsored15 hours ago

Krungthong Plaza offers endless choices of well-selected plus-size fashion products

Road deaths13 hours ago

Bus flipped in Tak injuring 44 Burmese workers, killing 3

Thailand13 hours ago

3 men were arrested for stealing Thai Internet connection & World Cup betting in Cambodia

Pattaya14 hours ago

Intoxicated Pattaya woman left uninjured after overturning car

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Crime14 hours ago

Woman who allegedly scammed victims for over 30 million baht arrested in Pattaya

Bangkok14 hours ago

Bangkok BTS Skytrain fares to increase next year

Thailand14 hours ago

Police put brakes on car rental thief in Bangkok

World15 hours ago

New drug marks major milestone in slowing Alzhemier’s

World Cup15 hours ago

400 to 500 migrant workers in Qatar died due to World Cup, not 6,500

Visa16 hours ago

Thailand advises Indians to obtain visa prior to travelling to avoid long queues

Thailand16 hours ago

Driver furious with Bangkok shopping mall after foreigner accidently causes damage to her car

Politics16 hours ago

Iran promises Thailand it won’t attack Israeli tourists

Crime17 hours ago

Korean woman arrested for 5 million baht theft, 6-year overstay

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11