Are you tired of being stuck in traffic? You can hail a helicopter with almost the same ease as getting an Uber car. Isn’t it exciting news?
There is no need to wait for so long in heavy Indian traffic to reach your destination.
Bengaluru is the first Indian city to have an on-demand helicopter service in Asia. Thumby Aviation is the company that is operating On-Demand Helicopter Taxis in India. They told CNT two Bell 407 helicopters are ready to fly passengers from Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport to Electronic City, Phase 1, and HAL Airport. A journey that usually takes two hours by road will take only 15 minutes, so now you can fly sky high.
About Thumby Aviation:
The first helicopter is to take off on Monday morning from Electronic City at 6:30 am with five customers having confirmed their seats, said Thumby Aviation chairman K.N.G Nair. The company specialized in a private charter for government officials and operated the helicopters.
Capt. K.N.G Nair, Chairman and Managing Director of the parent company Thumby Aviation Pvt. Ltd., was an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter pilot with over 14,500 hours of accident/incident free flying in the 40 years of his aviation career. The President of India has also awarded him the prestigious Vayu Sena Medal Gallantry. Along with Capt. K.N.G Nair, Govind founded HeliTaxi in 2017 after two years of market study, led by a solid vision to provide the fastest means of travel for a passenger from the city to the airport and vice-versa.
Traffic is a burgeoning problem, with an average of 470 hours in a year spent on roads by an employee in Bengaluru. Govind says, “Traffic delays cost the city over Rs.65 billion a year! Electronic City houses over 300 companies, and there is a large influx of visitors to E-city consisting of clients, CEOs, consultants, etc., throughout the year. It is estimated that, on average, 20,000 to 25,000 passengers ply between the airport and E-city daily.
Road travel from the airport to E-city takes 2 to 3.5 hours, which translates to over 60,000 hours of unproductive time spent on the roads in a day. This arduous 3-hour road journey is reduced to a blissful 15-minute journey with the Heli-taxi service.
HeliTaxi is not as affordable as a usual Uber ride for the same. But Bangalore airport and Thumby Aviation, who operate the service, say it’s a competitive alternative to tech executives in a hurry.
“Many high profile travelers, including CEOs, have to spend more than three hours by road to get there – and that is a loss of time,” a Bangalore airport spokesperson told CNN. It is not a low-cost option, but it is an option.
Choppers will take passengers between the two destinations, about 50 km apart, to bypass the traffic. The flights are timed to peak business hours. There is an average of three rounds between Bangalore’s International Airport (KIA) and Electronic City from 6.30 am to 9.30 am and another three round trips from 3.00 pm to 6.15 pm.
Those who want to avail of the service can book a seat through the app (HeliTaxi). The fare is 4,130Rs per person, including GST. Once travelers exit the lounge, the company has vehicles to ferry passengers to its facility. Those who want to avail of the service can book a seat through the app (Heli Taxi). The fare is 4,130Rs per person, including GST.
Thumby Aviation has plans to launch such services in other cities as well. It could also offer helicopters for organ harvesting and transferring patients who do not require medical assistance on a flight to hospitals. At present, the company is operating only in helicopter taxis.