A 3-hour journey now could take you just 12 minutes.
India just launched its first helicopter taxi operation, creating a service that will pick passengers up from Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport and transport them to the city’s tech center – a 40-mile ride – in under 15 minutes.
The new sky taxis, called HeliTaxi, debuted on March 5, and some of its first passengers reported the trip taking as little as 12 minutes.
According to company representatives, the journey on ground can take as long as three hours when you’re dealing with rush hour traffic, which means the HeliTaxi option can be up to 15 times faster.
The sky taxis will also transport passengers to the HAL airport in Bangalore, which currently takes a little over an hour to reach by car.
Thumby Aviation, which operates helicopter and fixed-wing aircrafts for non-scheduled air transport operations, created the helicopter taxis as a way to “mak[e] helicopters accessible and affordable to the general public.”
Along with a speedy journey to your destination, you’ll be treated to a mesmerizing bird’s eye view of the area’s landscape during your flight, which will cost about $65, according to CNN.
Keep in mind that operations flying out of the airport are currently available between 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and between 3:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., though the airport is looking to add more locations and time slots to its schedule once it gets the needed approval to install the necessary helipads around the city, according to CNN.
Unconventional modes of travel are becoming more and more of a reality, with Dubai planning to launch the world’s first taxi drones and aircraft manufacturer Bell Helicopter recently revealing prototypes for planned air taxis that could transport passengers at speeds of 150 miles per hour.