Bangalore best known for its wild traffic jams where people stand in haphazard sequences and wait for the road to get clear, have increased difficulties in the past for the citizens, tourists and flyers to move around quickly, but, what has given light to atleast the flyers, is the approval of the heli Taxis from back and forth to the airport.
In June 2017, it was reported that Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have suggested air taxis as an alternative for road cabs as the city’s notorious traffic has converted a 10 minute distance to an hour travel for the Flyers. This move have been suggested keeping in mind the traffic commuting towards the airport from east and south Bangalore and the tourists arriving at the city for specific reasons. The state government was also planning a tunnel to commute from the airport to lessen the time travelled. Well, for the time being, Heli Taxi seems to be a comforting option.
Pple who want to save time can go for it. Lots of company executives will surely prefer this an option. #HeliTaxi Electronic city to KIA. I think fare is almost near to fare of Helitaxi. So, it’s better to go with HeliTaxi @thekjgeorge https://t.co/lwD9wXxXti pic.twitter.com/qkAuAAf1Q1
— Chandrakala P (@Chandon_Kala) February 9, 2018
Heli Taxi, a one of a kind service in India, is yet to start by the end of this month. Although sale of air tickets for a chopper ride between Electronics City and Kempegowda International Airport will go live in a week.
The air shuttle service will be operated by Thumby Aviation Private Ltd, who have also developed an application for the users from where they can buy tickets that will range between Rs 2500 to Rs 3000 which is quite cheap for the city. The aviation company have assigned 2 helicopters that will seat 6-13 passengers in it. The helicopters will take off from the helipad in Electronic City. 2 other Helipad one at HAL airport and one at the ITC Royal Gardenia, on Residency Road has got clearance. However there are 90 more helipad around the city which are yet to get clearance.
In an interview with Bangalore Mirror, the chairman and managing director of Thumby Aviation, Group Captain KNG Nair said,
“The helipad should be easily accessible to users and we have chosen a site near the IIIT campus as it is in close vicinity (about 1.5 km) to the bus terminus and the upcoming metro station.”