Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bengaluru Heli Taxis May Soon Fly You to the Airport

Bengaluru is vibrant and progressive and cosmopolitan and full of life, but let’s face it: the road traffic is a constant challenge. But a new helicopter taxi service, India’s first one, has just been announced by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) to tackle the city’s traffic woes, at least when it comes to traveling to and from the airport. BIAL is working with Thumby Aviation, a helicopter operator based off Kerala, for the helicopter taxi or heli taxi service to shuttle passengers between the city and airport.
Right now, it can take anywhere between an hour and a half to nearly three hours to travel anywhere from the city to Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport. But with the new heli taxi service, expected to start operating as soon as December 2017, you could probably cut down the travel time to 15 minutes. The service will use Bell 407 helicopters, with just one being pushed into operations for the time being. This helicopter will run the route between Electronic City and Kempegowda airport. Eventually, heli taxis may be available to take passengers to and from the HAL airport and Whitefield.
A helipad will be set up in Electronic City to serve as the pick-up and drop point for passengers. The service, which was announced on Friday last week, is expected to begin in three months. Jayant Sinha, the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, spoke at the launch event, expressing hope that the new service will lead the way for other cities to adopt the same. Each heli taxi will be able to carry up to six passengers.
28/11/17 Anoop Menon/