Friday, August 25, 2017
Bengaluru’s ‘Airport to City’ Helicopter Rides Will Be Cheaper Than You Think!
People who frequent cab services for travelling in Bengaluru often find themselves at a loss getting a taxi during peak hours. Even if they are lucky enough to hail one, their day doesn’t begin without spending a few hours stuck in traffic.Well, soon you could fly your way out of all the above-mentioned hassles – literally.On its way to the Garden city is a helicopter taxi service that will help people reach their destinations from the airport—that too at the cost of a luxury cab service!HeliTaxi, a helicopter shuttle service, is expected to be functional from the Kempegowda International Airport within three months. The scheme was announced by Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha earlier this month.
“The aerial service will ferry air passengers to and from the airport to the city faster than private cars, cabs or buses can through dense vehicular traffic on both ways,” said Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) Managing Director Harsha Raghavan, reports India Today.Tying up with a private helicopter service provider Thumby Aviation Ltd, the aerial ferry will help passengers travelling between the airport and the city on demand.
Harsha also mentioned that the concerned authorities are seeking regulatory approvals after which an integrated transfer service between the airport and the city as part of passenger-friendly initiatives will be set up.Starting with one Bell 407 chopper that has a seating capacity of six and will operate to Electronic City, the authorities plan on ferrying passengers to Whitefield and subsequently to the HAL airport in the future.
“The new service will be convenient for executives with faster access to the thriving city, expanding and extending all-around in view of its rapid economic development,” Thumby Chairman Group Captain KNG Nair said.