There’s this one joke that always cracks me up about Bengaluru’s traffic. A guy left for the airport to pick his girlfriend up, who was coming from Pune and they both left at the same time.
As joke-worthy all these stories may seem, the traffic in India’s hottest metropolitan city can be a real pain for those who live there. Imagine taking hours to cover a meagre distance or spending more than half your salary just on petrol.
Amid this crisis, the news of heli-taxi comes as an overdue respite. Folks in Bangalore will now have a cheaper and quicker alternative to fight the city’s notorious traffic.
India’s first chopper taxi service was announced earlier this month and Bengaluru is the city to have these operations commence by December 2017. Authorities at the Bengaluru International Airport Ltd. (BIAL) have tied up a deal with the Thumby Aviation, a Kerala based helicopter service to facilitate the heli-taxi service.
The service will shuttle the passengers from city to the airport on demand and at a price equivalent to that of taxis. For instance, a ride from Electronic City, Bengaluru to Kempegowda International Airport will take 15 minutes on average, a fraction of the 90-150 minutes it can take by road.
Initially, the one six seaters Bell 407 chopper will operate on the routes, but it will soon be expanded to Whitefield and the HAL airport in the near future. That said, city’s 90 helipads will now come alive to serve people who’d flown from different locations.