Bangalore International Airport revamps cab operations, introduces unified brand “The Airport Taxi”

A revamp of taxi operations at the Bengaluru International Airport has taken place, with the airport operating company BIAL launching an all new fleet of taxis under a new unified service brand called “The Airport Taxi”.

Bangalore becomes the first airport in India to develop and offer a taxi service with a unique identity.

The all white taxi fleet will be at 2,000 cars comprising of brands such as Toyota Etios, Maruti Swift Dzire, and Mahindra Verito (formerly Renault Logan). 1,400 taxis were introduced today and the balance 600 will be added through calendar 2012. The taxi service will be operated by two existing operators, Meru and KSTDC, and one new operator, Mega cabs. The bookings can be done at 080-4422-4422 or 080-4747-4747 or 080-4900-7777.

Leaving airport operations is the cab company Easy Cab. Bangalore Aviation understands that the taxi contracts came up for renewal and Easy Cab’s offer was not as attractive as the others and hence was replaced.

What is surprising is the inclusion of Meru. The cab company has a poor reputation amongst frequent travellers due to the numerous strikes and incidents in the past, which led to disruptions of service at the airport.

Bangalore Aviation once again strongly advises travellers to and from the airport to discourage the touts and use only the official “The Airport Taxi” service or the Vayu Vajra Volvo airport bus service.

Editor’s note: Bangalore Aviation regrets the error in the original story which indicated Meru had left the airport operations. The release from BIAL did not contain cab company details and there was a mis-understanding, by us, on which cab companies continued. Our sincere apologies.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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