Next week will see the launch of Bangalore’s Flying Taxi Service which is much-awaited by both its citizens and individuals who often travel to the city for work. The company operating the helicopter taxis is Kerala based, Thumby Aviation, which has already secured the required permissions.
It is ready to start these unique services with two Bell 407 helicopters flying passengers from Kempegowda International Airport to areas such as Phase 1, HAL Airport and Electronic City to begin with.
The 4-blade, single engine Bell 407 chopper has been designed to seat up to 6 people in one go. This could mean really good news as a journey which would usually take 2 hours by road would now only take 15 minutes to be completed.
Details of the Launch of Bangalore’s Flying Taxi Service
Timings of the Service
For starters, Bangalore’s Flying Taxi Service will operate in two shifts. It has been uniquely timed to cater to the peak business hours with an average of 3 round trips each being made between the Kempegowda International Airport or KIA and Electronic City.
The taxi service would operate in 2 shifts; from 6:30 am to 9:30 am and 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm. The company also plans to start this flying taxi service between the city’s KIA and HAL Airport from 1st of March.
Pricing for the Service
The Flying Taxi Service has been priced at Rs 4,130 per seat which is inclusive of GST (Rs 3500 + Rs 630 for GST).
This not only includes the flight from the Bangalore airport terminal to the destination’s helipad but also allows the passenger to bring with him up to 15 kgs of carry-on luggage. However, anything over that would have to be shipped at extra cost.
How to Book the Service
Booking a seat on Bangalore’s Flying Taxi Service is quite easy. The Heli Taxi mobile app which is available on both Android and iOS allows the passenger to book a seat within minutes. Since the app is not yet fully complete, the ‘Fly Now’ option is not yet available but a ‘Fly Later’ icon can be chosen currently.
Choose the flight you are reaching Bangalore in along with your pick-up or drop details (Bangalore Airport/Electronic City).Once done, add the luggage information, select number of seats required and complete payment via a link in your email.
The operators of this service are aiming to cater to at least 70 to 80 users amongst the 60,000 odd people who use Bangalore’s KIA airport every day.
Bangalore’s Flying Taxi Service will soon Expand!
Govind Nair, Director, business development for Thumby Aviation has revealed that the company will soon start expanding its services to several destinations within the city as well. Bangalore’s Flying Taxi Service will also operate between HAL Airbase and Whitefield in the near future.
Moreover, residents of Bangalore could now look forward to a weekend getaway to Wayanad or Chikmagalur on a helicopter taxi without worrying about a long road journey!
Karnataka Minister for Industries and Commerce R.V. Deshpande is also hopeful that such a taxi service will be helpful in ferrying patients to hospitals when in need of urgent medical care.
With around 90 of the city’s helipads soon coming alive, the Bangalore’s Flying Taxi Service will begin to serve people and take them to different locations. Let’s hope the crazy Bangalore traffic becomes a little less crazy with this new service!