India Pursues Urban Air Taxi Service, Operating from Bengaluru Airport

By S.L. Fuller | August 7, 2017
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Bengaluru, India, is getting its own urban air taxi service, according to the Bengaluru Airport. The “HeliTaxi” service, as it is being called, would initially consist of one aircraft, operated by Thumby Aviation Pvt. Ltd.

According to The Hindu, that one aircraft would be a Bell Helicopter 407. The airport said it would fly from the Kempegowda International Airport (Bengaluru), to various parts of the city.  Thumby Aviation is set to begin the process of obtaining regulatory approvals to operate from the airport, the airport said. Only then could the service begin.


“This HeliTaxi service will ensure quick, seamless transfers to and from airports, at a cost similar to a luxury taxi fare,” said Jayant Sinha, India’s minister of sate for civil aviation. “From the Indian aviation industry point of view, Bengaluru has always been an important city for developing innovative aviation services. Following the example of [the Bengaluru] Airport, we would like to see similar services being introduced at other airports in the country that will make travel simpler for passengers.”

Urban air mobility will be a topic of discussion at the R&WI Rotorcraft Business and Technology Summit in Fort Worth, Texas, in September. Uber's Mark Moore will talk about how it plans to bring its own air taxi system to Dallas.

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