Sunday, March 04, 2018

KIAL-Electronic City Heli Taxi Service starts

Bengaluru: Kochi-based Thumby Aviation Private Limited is all set to launch first-of-its-kind helicopter taxi service tomorrow connecting a couple of locations from�Kempegowda�International Airport here. "We are launching tomorrow countrys first-of-its-kind heli taxi service connecting a couple of places from BIAL," Thumby Aviation Chairman and Managing director Captain K N G Nair told PTI here. The one-way trip will fly people approximately in 15 minutes from KIAL to Electronic City and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited airport, he said. Nair said the helipad at Phase-I of Electronics City is a ground level structure and is situated close to the upcoming metro station and bus station. � In Phase-II, operations will be launched from BIAL to luxury hotels including ITC Gardenia near Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Nair said. "These two luxury hotels have all the safety and aviation requirements for landing and taking off of helicopters," he said. � However, it its yet to apply for �Director General of Civil Aviation approval, he added. The helicopter taxi service will be operated during peak business hours and make three round-trips between Kempegowda International Airport and Electronic City, he said. The service is being priced at Rs 4,130 per seat including GST. The service includes pick up from airport terminal to the helipad and allowed to carry 15 kg luggage, but would be charged extra for more luggage, Nair said. Replying to a query, the company has developed its own app named Heli Taxii where people can book their flights, Nair said.
04/03/18 India Today

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