The standard of living in metropolitan cities is attracting a number of people from across the country. The people living in sub-urban and rural areas are quickly moving to the big cities. Bangalore, the IT hub of India is one of those big cities, which are driving urbanization. With the presence of increasing number of business travellers, the traffic jams across the city have been posing a big challenge to the authorities. However, a solution to this problem has been found just at the right time.
In a bid to reduce the travel time and put an end to the sufferings of travellers, Bangalore is set to begin the Helicopter Taxi Service from next week. The travel time between Bangalore’s Kempegowda airport and the Electronic City will be reduced from 2 hours to just 15 minutes. Two six-seater Bell-407 helicopters will be operated by a company called Thumby Aviation.
The two-shift operations of Helicopter Taxi Service will include three round trips between Kempegowda airport and the Electronic City from 6:30 am to 9:30 am and 3 pm to 6:15 pm. A person will be charged Rs 4,130 for the trip, which will also include the transport from airport terminal to the helipad. The maximum luggage allowed is 15 kg per person. However, any baggage more than 15 kg will be transported over ground at additional charges.
In order to use the services, a person will need to download the Heli Taxii mobile app. One can confirm the bookings by using the ‘fly later’ option till the service is active. However, when the service goes live, one can use the ‘fly now’ option as well. The pickup and drop locations are available with self-explanatory booking. The customer can also get the information pertaining to their luggage.
As many as 90 helipads are likely to be opened by the government across Bangalore. Although it remains to be seen whether the government is actually able to accomplish the goal or not, but the Helicopter Taxi Service is surely going to provide some respite to the travellers, who are always at the receiving end of massive traffic jams in Bangalore.