The Bengaluru’s HeliTaxii service is all set to kick-off its operations in Bengaluru from the next week. Operated by Thumby Aviation, the chopper service will fly passengers from Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) to Electronics City, Phase 1 and to HAL Airport.
The service will substantially cut traveling time by 1 hour and 45 minutes. While one requires reaching the aforementioned destinations about 2 hours by road, it will take only 15 minutes using HeliTaxii. The helicopter service can accommodate up to six people at one go.
Named Bell 407, the air taxi will be rolled out in two shifts and has been timed during peak business hours. The chopper taxis would take three round-trips between KIA and Electronic City.
The scheduled time frame for the service will be from 6:30 am to 9:30 am, and then again three more from 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm.
The tickets for the trip can be booked through HeliTaxii mobile app (available on Android and iOS both). The one-way trip will cost Rs 4,130 per seat with GST included. A passenger can carry a luggage up to 15 Kg during the service.
The app-based will be ready to fly by February 23. Choose “Fly Now” or “Fly Later” options and select the flight you are taking to arrive at the airport. Additionally, you will also have to select your pick up and drop details.
Fliers have to furnish details such as luggage and seat preference, among others. The central, as well as state governments, are also planning to open around 90 helipads across the city.
Other flying taxi services
Meanwhile, Chinese drone taxi startup EHang has also developed a flying taxi which is going to start its service in Dubai by this year. The E-184 has a cruising speed of up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) an hour and can stay in the air for 25 minutes.
The development was first reported by Condé Nast Traveller.