Helicopter Ride-Sharing Platform Launched In Manila
A helicopter ride-sharing app has been launched earlier on Wednesday by a Singapore-based startup, Ascent. The platform is a bid to address the traffic woes in Metro Manila by air mobility and passengers can book flights through the company’s website
Ascent founder and chief executive officer Lionel Sinal-Sinelnikoff noted during their press briefing that despite being one of the fastest growing business hubs in Southeast Asia, Manila’s traffic situation is also one of the most challenging in the region.
He hopes that the launch of Ascent in the Philippines will provide a solution that is highly relevant in the current times’ economic and productivity pitfalls caused by congested roads. Not to mention, the country is losing ₱3.5 billion due to traffic congestion. He added that central business districts in Metro Manila have an untapped transportation opportunity as there is a good number of helipads with low utilization.
The platform hopes to connect CBDs more easily and promote the country as an ideal destination to conduct business helped by urban air mobility. Ascent also aims to expand its services in major cities in Visayas and Mindanao as well as to other Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, according to Sinai-Sinelnikoff.
The helicopter services will be operated by local air operator INAEC Aviation Corp, who are experts in ensuring safe and reliable air operations. Combined with Ascent’s innovative technology, they will offer a perfect solution for the time-sensitive members of the business community and individuals, according to INAEC general manager Aldi Dexter Ampong.
You can book a chopper via their website https://ascent.flights. The available routes and their corresponding prices are the following:
NAIA – Clark: ₱25,900
Makati – BGC: ₱6,900
NAIA – Tagaytay: ₱21,900