We’re not sure how much this service would cost - but if you’re loaded, sure sounds like an amazing idea.

With chopper taxi in the offing you can soon fly closer home after landing at Bluru airportRepresentational Image
news Transport Friday, August 04, 2017 - 18:53




Although there seems to be no respite from Bengaluru’s traffic mess, getting home from the Kempegowda International Airport is going to get easier in the coming months - if you have the money for it.

The Bengaluru airport has tied up with a private on-demand helicopter service provider to introduce a chopper taxi service from the airport to different parts of the city.

The Union Minister of Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha announced the launch of the helicopter shuttle service on Friday.  

He said, “This HeliTaxi service will ensure quick, seamless transfers to and from airports, at a cost similar to a luxury taxi fare. Last mile efficient and seamless connectivity is key to ensuring that India establishes itself as a true global aviation hub.”

Speaking to TNM, an airport spokesperson said, “The shuttle service will start from the airport to Electronic City. The city has close to 90 helipads awaiting DGCA approval. As some of those get cleared, then we will slowly expand the service to other areas.”  

“The process of schedules, identifying locations and programs will begin now. The fares are yet to be finalised but will be close to a limousine taxi fare,” the spokesperson added.

The service will be provided Thumby Aviation Private Limited after the company signed an exclusive partnership with the Bengaluru Airport.

“Thumby Aviation will begin the process of seeking regulatory approvals to offer HeliTaxi services from BLR Airport, in order to offer this service to passengers as soon as possible. The helicopter airport transfers for travellers is part of BIAL’s ongoing focus on pioneering initiatives and customer innovation,” the airport said in a press statement.

RV Deshpande, Karnataka’s Minister for Large and Medium Industry, Subhash Chandra Kuntia, Chief Secretary of Karnataka were present at the press conference.  

“The integration of HeliTaxi services into the airport operations will enable us to remove much of the friction faced by many frequent corporate travellers, the challenge of quick transport from distant areas to and from the airport,” Mangaing Director of the Airport told reporters.


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