Thursday, June 13, 2019

Uber to offer air cabs in New York, looking at India too

Washington: Looking for a new experience? Come July, Indians travelling to New York can opt for an air cab service from the John F Kennedy airport to Lower Manhattan. Uber, popular for cab services in metro cities in India, will be offering Uber Copter services for $200-225 in New York. The service aims to reduce travel time to 30 minutes from the usual two hours it takes to cover this distance.
The copter will ferry four passengers and one carry bag per person. Around 65.2 million tourists visited New York in 2018. New Jersey, which is part of the New York Metropolitan area, has a significant Indian population.
The Uber app allows a passenger to choose the sky port from where she/he is to be ferried over the congested areas of New York — either to the airport or to Lower Manhattan. The passenger arrives at the sky port in a Uber cab and is then ferried to the chosen destination. Further, the passenger will be provided doorstep services by Uber cabs.
While India is among the five countries being considered by Uber to launch the air service, it is still under evaluation. Last year, Uber Elevate head Eric Allison met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss air cab services in metro cities in India.
13/06/19 Clara Lewis/Times of India
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