Citing traffic congestion in the capital city, a startup has launched a helicopter ridesharing service in Manila, Philippines. Singapore-based Ascent plans to expand the service to other countries in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. Ascent began selling flights in the Philippines on April 8, using helicopters flown by local operator INAEC Aviation Corp., which has a fleet comprising Airbus AS350 and EC135, Bell 429 and Leonardo AW139 helicopters. Using a mobile ...

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