Sunday, November 11, 2018

Shimla heli-taxi service withdrawn

Mohali: The heli-taxi service from Chandigarh to Shimla launched with much fanfare on June 4 has been stopped as it finds no place in the winter flight schedule released by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
According to the schedule, there is no place for the heli-taxi service, said Chandigarh international airport spokesperson Deepesh Joshi. He said, "We are yet to get any communication on operations of heli-taxi service on the Chandigarh-Shimla sector."
The taxi service which was introduced twice a week was later extended to thrice owing to upsurge in popularity, which later declined. Sources said the failure of the heli-taxi service is due to high fare and distant airport from Shimla city.
Though the operator also changed the landing place nearer to the city, it still failed to attract passengers.
The helicopter with a capacity of 20 seats with a fare of Rs 2,999 per passenger was introduced from Shimla at 8 am. It arrived in Chandigarh at 8:20 am. The same helicopter used to depart from Chandigarh at 9 am to reach Shimla at 9.20 am.
11/11/18 Times of India