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Ascent launches helo ride-sharing platform in Manila
Ascent's Bell 429. © Ascent

Ascent launches helo ride-sharing platform in Manila

Singapore-based Ascent Flights has launched by-the-seat chopper service in Manila and is preparing to expand to the rest of the region.

Singapore-based tech startup Ascent recently launched its helicopter ride-sharing platform in the Philippines, in an effort make commuting more efficient in the traffic-congested capital and connecting major cities.

Founded last year by former aviation executive Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff and technology entrepreneur Darren Tng, Ascent started selling helicopter flights in the Philippines beginning 8th April.

Passengers using the service can fly between locations in Manila such as the main gateway Ninoy Aquino International Airport; the Makati, Bonifacio Global City, and Quezon City central business districts (CBDs); as well as focal regional destinations north and south of the capital such as Clark and Tagaytay.

The helicopter service is supported by the fleet of local air operator, INAEC Aviation Corporation (INAEC).

Sinai-Sinelnikoff adds that CBDs in Manila have an untapped transportation opportunity as there is a good number of helipads and helicopters with low utilization. Ascent aims to connect CBDs more easily and promote the country as an ideal destination to conduct business through urban air mobility.

The firm is also preparing itself for expansion to more countries in the region, especially amid Southeast Asia’s notorious traffic, which has landed cities like Bangkok, Jakarta, and Manila as among those with the worst congestion situations globally.

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