Thursday, August 20, 2020

Vayu Vajra bus services to Bengaluru airport suffer huge losses due to skeletal flight operations

Bengaluru: The curtailed domestic flight operations and stoppage of international operations barring special flights have heavily impacted the services of the special Vayu Vajra buses to and from the Kempegowda International Airport.

From running 800 plus trips on an average per day earlier to a maximum of 180 trips per day now, this hugely profitable service of the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has taken a huge beating for the last four months.

With just 23 of these fully air-conditioned buses in operation instead of the 123-strong fleet that ran earlier, the BMTC earns an average of Rs 4 lakh per day in place of the Rs 30 lakh it earned in the past, said a top BMTC official.

No buses operate post midnight with the first service beginning at 12 noon and the last one run at 11.35 pm. “We are running only from five areas to and from the airport presently -- Electronic City, Kempegowda Bus Station, Banashankari, HSR Layout and Mysuru Road. Patronage is quite poor due to non-resumption of regular flight operations. It is slowly picking up from August,” the official said.

As per stats released from April to June by the Airports Authority of India, the KIA airport has witnessed only 4,54,704 domestic and international flyers this year, a dip of 94.6% during the corresponding period last year.
19/08/20 S Lalitha/New Indian Express
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