Friday, February 23, 2018

This new service can end those never-ending traffic jams from Bengaluru airport to the city

If you have travelled to Bengaluru or are a resident of the city, you probably know the pain involved in travelling from the main city to the international airport. People have complained that it’s like travelling to another city.

If you’ve taken a taxi, the average price of a hailing taxi service such as Ola or Uber ranges from anything between Rs 600 and Rs 1200, depending on the surcharge at that point of the day. So then it’s interesting news to all that Bengaluru will now have a heli-taxi service from the airport to the city. As the name suggests, heli-taxi is a helicopter taxi service that connects Kempegowda International Airport to the rest of Bengaluru. The service could bring a lot of relief to thousands of commuters, particularly those who live in Electronic City, which is closer to the Tamil Nadu border, while Bengaluru International Airport is on the Bengaluru-Hyderabad Highway.
Thumby Aviation, the company operating the helicopter taxis, told CNN Traveller that permissions are in place and two Bell 407 helicopters are ready to fly passengers from Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport to Electronic City, Phase 1 and to HAL Airport. This means that a journey that usually takes two hours by road will now take only 15 minutes.

Currently, flights are timed at peak business hours. There will be an average of three round-trips between Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) and Electronic City from 6.30am to 9.30am and another three round-trips from 3.00pm to 6.15pm. (Flights between Bangalore KIA and HAL Airport will start on 1 March.) The four-blade, single-engine Bell 407 chopper to be used as a heli taxi can seat up to six people.

Tickets for the heli taxi are priced at Rs4,130 per seat (Rs3,500 + GST). It includes the drive from the Bangalore airport terminal to the helipad on the premises. It also includes carry-on luggage up to 15kg.
23/02/18 DNA

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