Monday, May 19, 2008

Hop on to Vayu Vajra to reach new airport

Hop on to Vayu Vajra to reach new airport
DH News Service,Bangalore:
Its official finally. The Vayu Vajra Volvo bus service to the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) at Devanahalli will begin operations at precisely 4 pm on May 22.

And that’s not the only good news. Airline passengers can reserve the tickets on the bus to BIA through a dedicated travel portal and even hire a taxi, get picked him from home to the nearest volvo stop and zip to Devanahalli, all in cool airconditioned comfort.
With the opening of the greenfield airport confirmed, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation has told Deccan Herald on Friday that all 40 airport buses routes across nine dedicated services to BIA will begin its first run on the evening of 22.
What’s more, as a inaugural bonanza, the first trip on all routes to BIA will be free to passengers.
Upendra Tripathy, managing director of BMTC said public transport undertaking has been allotted space to park its 40 Volvo and 100 Suvarna and Parisara Vahini vehicles at a exclusive bus bay in BIA.
Ticket portal
“We have finalised the online ticket portal and the 24/7 dedicated taxi hotline services where, a commuter has to just login and book tickets through ‘’ and make a payment through cards and head for the nearest volvo bus stop and zip to BIA. The commuter will also have a choice to have him/her picked up right from home or a hotel through a cab, equipped with GPS, to the volvo stop,” he said.
Ten seats will be offered on each Vayu Vajra bus. “Commuters can book tickets from either ‘ or through a link at or call 080-41431000. A fee of Rs five will be charged on each ticket.
500 taxi cabs sporting a BMTC logo will pick-up you up from home or a hotel, if you are a traveller who has checked into a hotel, that is and head for the nearest airport volvo stop and help you board the bus.
BMTC has selected Cel Cabs and SGL who will offer their vehicles as a airport dedicated service, providing a choice of vehicles such as a/c Indica, Indigo, Innova and Sumo cabs. These GPS (Global Positioning Systems) will be able to monitor the movement of every Vayu Vajra bus to the stop to ensure that the commuter does not miss the bus, by even a second.
A discount of 25 per cent will be offered on the volvo bus ticket, if commuters use the taxi services. Fares start at Rs 100 for a Indica car with a choice of vehicles upto an Innova SUV for Rs 234. You can call 6090 6090 and 4299 4399. These numbers will be operational from 22 May to coincide with the Vayu Vajra services.
Routes to BIA
Vayu Vajra routes to BIA from: - Hebbal, Mysore Road terminus, Jeevan Bima Nagar, HAL airport, J P Nagar 6th phase, Whitefield, Koramangala, Electronic City and Kempegowda bus station.


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