India’s first and much-awaited Heli-taxi service took off in Bengaluru with people overjoyed with the utility. In an effort to circumvent the traffic, choppers will shuttle passengers between the two destinations, about 50 km apart. The copter ride will reduce the travel time to 15 minutes, that would take one to three hours by road.
The maiden trip of the Heli-taxi was between Electronic City and Kempegowda International Airport, in Bengaluru’s first helicopter taxi service. At present, the Heli taxi service is operating between KIA and Electronic City in less than 15 minutes, HAL airport will also be added in the next few weeks. “The helipad at Phase-I of Electronics City is also situated close to the upcoming metro station and bus station. They are also planning to launch services from KIA to luxury hotels.
Customers can book a ride on a heli-taxi at a rate of around Rs 4,000 per head (inclusive of taxes) using the app HELITAXII. It also includes luggage up to 15kg (10kg check-in + 5kg carry-on; dimensions: 40cm x 25cm x 20cm). Anything over that can be shipped over the ground at extra cost through CarterPorter, a third-party logistics service. Current fares for an air-conditioned taxi between KIA and Electronics City range between ₹1,500 to ₹2,500 for a 50-km ride. The travel time could be 90 minutes to three hours depending on traffic. KIA is also open to supporting other companies that would like to take up similar heli-taxi services to and from the city.
The heli taxi service is operated during 6:30 am to 9:30 am to 3:15 pm to 6:15 pm between KIA and Electronic City with five customers having confirmed their seats. The service will be available throughout the day and is being operated by Thumby Aviation Private Limited.
How to book the Bangalore heli taxi
Through the HeliTaxii mobile app (Android/iOS). You can use this to pre-book a seat day ahead of the actual flight. Use the ‘Fly Later’ option, choose the flight you’re coming in on, and add your pick-up/drop details (Bangalore airport/Electronic City). Add luggage information, select the number of seats and complete the payment through a link that will be sent to your email.You can also book yourself a seat on arriving at the Bangalore International Airport. There’s a HeliTaxii ticketing counter at the Arrivals hall.
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