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Helitours logo
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1979
Fleet size 16
Destinations 13
Company slogan Discover Serendipity
Headquarters Colombo, Sri Lanka
Key people Rasanga de Zoysa
Website www.helitours.lk

Helitours is a domestic airline in Sri Lanka operated by the Sri Lanka Air Force with aircraft not required for military use. It is currently the second largest airline in Sri Lanka with a fleet of 16 aircraft behind Sri Lankan Airline's 23.The airline dominates the RML-TRR-JAF route on a thrice weekly basis on their Chinese-built Xian MA60 aircraft.


Helitours' air service was started in 1972 on the initiative of Air Chief Marshal Deshamanya Paddy Mendis to cater to the tourist industry.

By the end of 1972 Helitours was flying to Male as well.

In 1973 a Convair 440 was purchased second hand from Eastern Airlines, to boost Helitours' operations between Ceylon and the Maldives.

In the early 1980s operations first slowed down, then stopped due to operational requirements emerging from the onset of the Sri Lankan civil war.

However, in 2009 upon cessation of hostilities the air force restarted Helitours' operations. During the civil war, the air force provided civil air transport to Jaffna, but this was not considered to be a Helitours operation.


Helitours is set resume its flights to Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Malé in the near future using Xian MA-60 aircraft

[H] Primary Hub
Secondary hub
[F] Future destination
[T] Terminated destination
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Ampara  Sri Lanka GOY VCCG Ampara Airport
Anuradhapura  Sri Lanka ACJ VCCA Anuradhapura Airport
Batticaloa  Sri Lanka BTC VCCB Batticaloa Airport
Colombo  Sri Lanka RML VCCC Ratmalana Airport[H]
Hambantota  Sri Lanka HRI VCRI Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport
Jaffna  Sri Lanka JAF VCCJ Jaffna Airport
Killinochchi  Sri Lanka - - Iranamadu Airport
Malé  Maldives MLE VRMM Ibrahim Nasir International Airport[T]
Trincomalee  Sri Lanka TRR VCCT China Bay Airport
Vavuniya  Sri Lanka - VCCV Vavuniya Airport
Hambantota  Sri Lanka WRZ VCCW Weerawila Airport
Koggala  Sri Lanka KCT VCCK Koggala Airport


Helitours will add 16 helicopters(Fourteen MI17s with 20-seater capacity and two Bell 412 helicopters) by the end of 2014, and in the future will order 6 narrow-body jet aircraft like the Airbus A319.[citation needed]

Helitours fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers
Bell 412 2 0 10
Bell 212 2 0 10
Bell 206 JetRanger 2 0 4
Harbin Y-12 4 0 17
Mil Mi-17 3 0 24
Xian MA60 2[1] 0 47 4R-HTN and 4R-HTO
Antonov AN-32 1 0 45
Total 16 0

Fleet history[edit]

Helitours Retired Fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes
Bell 206 - -
Convair 440 1973 1980
De Havilland DH.104 Dove - -
Douglas DC-3 - -


Helitours is a domestic airline in Sri Lanka with a fleet of 16. It flies to 13 destinations.


  1. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 32. 

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