Helicopter ride-sharing offers on-demand flights


    Tech mobility startup Ascent yesterday introduced on-demand flights on its helicopter ride-sharing platform, enabling users to skip the traffic gridlock and access remote locations in the Philippines.

    For the first time, Ascent users can instantly purchase helicopter flights by the seat and by the route at their own time directly from the platform.

    This unique feature makes it more convenient for Ascent users to skip the traffic and access business and leisure destinations in a matter of minutes, which ultimately enables them to regain control of their time, said Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff, Ascent chief executive officer.

    Currently, Ascent covers more than 12 activity hotspots in Luzon including the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Makati City, Bonifacio Global City, Quezon City, Ortigas, Pasay, Clark, Subic, Batangas and Tagaytay.

    These locations serve to provide a more seamless and cost-effective option of airport transfers, business commutes and getaways by helicopter, the company said.

    “Apart from providing helicopter flights up to a tenth of a cost more affordable than regular charter flights, we aim to further contribute to the democratization of urban air mobility through offering seamless on-demand flights on our platform,” said Sinai-Sinelnikoff.

    Users can book their on-demand flights and choose from a roster of listed locations by logging on to Ascent’s digital platform. They can also avail of value-added services including luggage transport, first and last mile ground transport and fast track, among other services, directly from the platform.

    Ascent said it has also started offering individual and corporate packages which can be used across all its solutions, with preferential rates and services.

    Ascent expects various types of commuters to avail of its on-demand service, such as companies in need of cost-effective solutions to transport time-sensitive business travelers, their guests or partners; individuals seeking to regain control of their time towards cutting more business deals, enjoying more moments with their family or leisure; and tourists looking to live unique experiences.

    Since its launch in April, Ascent said it has grown its network of routes significantly and currently covers more than 12 activity hotspots in Luzon.

    Ascent said it plans to serve more destinations in Luzon and eventually expand to more locations in Visayas and Mindanao.

    Currently, it is also exploring other markets in Southeast Asia, it added.