Friday, February 9, 2018

Heli Taxi service in Bengaluru finally happening

Heli Taxi service that aims to bring down your commuting time to and from city to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is finally happening. Heli Taxi service, a chopper service that offers shuttle service from International Airport to Electronic City Bengaluru is expected to start by the end of this month. Heli Taxi service which is the first of its kind in the country to connect various locations in the city of Bengaluru is expected to start by the end of this month. Thumby Aviation Private Ltd, already developed an app for the booking of tickets. The app will be formally released next week for customers to book the tickets.

Initially, the helicopter shuttle service will have utilize helipads in Electronics City and the international airport. While the helipad at KIA was ready, the one at Electronics City has only now been readied for operations. Once the services get started, helicopters will take off from many more helipads, and not just the one in Electronics City. A one-way trip from E-City to KIA in a luxury taxi costs around Rs 2,000 and the notorious traffic near Silk Board and on Hosur Road makes it a nearly 2-hour commute. This is will be cut down to around 15 minutes. The  ride to airport or back will cost under Rs 3,000.

Source: Bangalore Mirror Bureau


Bangalore’s heli taxis start flying from March 1.

  • Two Bell 407 helicopters are ready to fly passengers from Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport to Electronic City, Phase 1 and to HAL Airport.
  • While the schedule for the flights is flexible, the heli taxi will operate in two shifts, for now.
  • There will be an average of three round-trips between Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) and Electronic City from 6.30am to 9.30am and another three round-trips from 3.00pm to 6.15pm.
  • The four-blade, single-engine Bell 407 chopper to be used as a heli taxi can seat up to six people.
  • Tickets for the heli taxi are priced at Rs4,130 per seat (Rs3,500 + GST). It also includes carry-on luggage up to 15kg. Anything over that will have to be shipped over ground at extra cost.
  • You can book your seat through the Heli Taxii mobile app
  • Next on the cards are helicopter flights between HAL Airbase and Whitefield.


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