Green Hawk Air Private Limited, which was allotted the contract of chopper ride during the three-day Rose Festival which concluded on Sunday, has claimed that it suffered a loss of nearly Rs 4 lakh .
As per the estimate, the company earned Rs 21.77 lakh from 107 shuttles on three days, but paid Rs 21 lakh to the company from which two choppers were hired for the festival. On the first day, there were 15 sorties, on second there were 37 and on third there were 55.
The CEO of Green Hawk company, Col Anil Raj (retd) said, “For the first two days, the response was very poor, but it was on the last day that we gave ride to around 326 people. We paid Rs 7 lakh per day to the company from which the choppers were hired and even paid taxes, hotel bills of pilots and money to crew members. Though the exact losses are yet to calculated, it seems losses will amount up to Rs 4-5 lakh.
Meanwhile, he said, “We are happy that our company is pioneer in starting the chopper ride in the city.”
The company charged Rs 3500 per person for a seven-minute ride and in one sortie, six persons flew over Rock Garden, high court, Sukhna Lake and Rose Garden.
On the last day, another chopper was pressed into service, which made shuttles over central sectors.
Green Hawk Air Private Limited is a Delhi-based aviation firm, that had won the bid to fly a chopper during the Rose Festival in Chandigarh. It was for the first time that the municipal corporation had arranged for aerial trips for the visitors.