An Urban Air Mobility company called FlyBlade India is launching 2 helicopter flights between Bengaluru International Airport and Hindustan Aeronautical Airport (HAL), Bangalore from October 10, 2022.
Why should anyone take this? If you take a cab from Bengaluru International Airport to HAL, you are bound to spend at least Rs 1,300, use a lot of fuel, AND waste over two hours of your precious time.
What it means: So, if you are in a hurry to reach your office in Indiranagar, Koramangala, or any other IT park situated near these areas, and don't mind spending at least Rs 3,250 for a ride, you might want to keep this option open, just in case. (Areas like Whitefield and Electronic City are also in the pipeline and will be added to the route subsequently.)
And if you feel like you might be a snob for spending a bomb and taking a 15-minute flight, don't worry coz you might not be the only one in the crowd taking the convenient flight.
So, in the next 4 years, taking a quick helicopter ride might be quite the norm in Bengaluru.
Where was this new technology all this while? These rides are called ''electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicles'' or eVOTL. It falls under a new upcoming vertical in the aviation industry, called ''Urban Air Mobility'' or UAM.
Sustainability: Progressive governments seem to be encouraging this industry because these aircraft have close to zero carbon emissions, and are a green alternative. Bonus: They are also 'Made in India'.
Where else can we go? Blade India first launched its services in Maharashtra between Mumbai, Pune and Shirdi in November 2019.
What's the international scene like?
Dubai: Though Dubai has not seen any eVTOL services as of yet, as per reports dated August 26, 2022, Falcon Aviation Services will bring the first eVTOL services in Dubai by 2026.
USA: The air taxi service seems to be quite established in the USA as Blade operates its air helicopter services in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Dallas, and San Diego.
Europe: Air taxis here operate for both business and leisure. In the UK, they carry passengers from multiple London Airports to the London Heliport in Battersea in 6 to 15 minutes.
In India: Looks like we have something better this year that can save Bengaluru folks from the traffic. For just Rs 4,000.