Sunday, August 02, 2020

Fewer cabs at airport trouble passengers

Visakhapatnam: People landing at Visakhapatnam airport are finding it difficult to get a cab home. With no Airport Express buses plying at the moment and few app-based cabs, auto-rickshaws are charging exorbitant fares.
Speaking to TOI, SM Krishna, who works at a real estate company in Visakhapatnam, said, “When I arrived in Visakhapatnam from Bengaluru, I first checked out app-based cabs. However, they weren’t available. So I went to take an auto-rickshaw where the driver asked for Rs 1,000 for a distance of 19km.”
The trouble with finding transport home from the airport began mid-July when the government decided to test only 10 per cent of fliers. Earlier, when domestic airports became operational on May 26, all fliers would have to go to Seetha Rama Kalyana Mandapam to get tested. APSRTC buses were used to ferry them.
An airport official said, “There are only a few flights operating at the moment. The number of passengers is also low. Perhaps, this is why there are fewer app-based cabs at the airport now.”
Drivers of these app-based cabs explained that in regular circumstances, passengers boarding flights would arrive at the airport around an hour or hour-and-a half before take-off. Meanwhile, a corresponding flight would land in Visakhapatnam and they would find passengers to ferry back to the city
02/08/20 Arpit Basu/Times of India

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