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|Company slogan||Discover Serendipity|
|Headquarters||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|Key people||Rasanga de Zoysa|
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.
|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.
|Bell 206 JetRanger||2||0||4|
|Xian MA60||2||0||47||4R-HTN and 4R-HTO|
|De Havilland DH.104 Dove||-||-|
Helitours is a domestic airline in Sri Lanka with a fleet of 16. It flies to 13 destinations.
- "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 32.
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