India to get air taxi services from 2026 onwards

Archer Aviation would provide two hundred electric aeroplanes that have vertical take–off and landing capabilities. Photo: Shutterstock/Ja Crispy

New Delhi: Interglobe Enterprises owned by the airline giant IndiGo, in association with US-based Archer Aviation, will introduce an electric air taxi service in India by 2026. It will allow passengers from Connaught Place in Delhi to reach Gurgaon in Haryana in under seven minutes. The passengers will be able to fly on this route by spending just Rs 2000 - 3000. Usually, it would take at least one hour to cover this 27-kilometre distance by road in a car. Besides Delhi, air taxi services would be launched in Mumbai and Bengaluru in the initial phase. Archer Aviation would provide two hundred electric aeroplanes that have vertical take-off and landing capabilities. Besides the pilot, up to four passengers could travel at the same time. Interestingly, it would take only 30 – 40 minutes to charge the planes.

No fixed schedules
Air taxis are on-demand transportation services using small helicopters or aircraft and they offer convenient, fast services from point-to-point short distances. Either individuals or small groups can use their services. The best part about them is that you can avoid traffic congestion through a direct route, reduce travel time as compared to road travel and take the services in flexible timings for customized travel. If the service is received well, more companies may launch premium services as well, with comfortable seating and personalised facilities.

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