Reach Delhi From Gurgaon In 7 Minutes Via Flying Taxis: How Will It Work?


Rohit Kulkarni

Rohit Kulkarni

May 16, 2024


Metropolitan cities are notorious for their congested streets, where bumper-to-bumper traffic is an everyday struggle. However, a revolutionary solution is on the horizon for residents of Delhi and Gurugram, promising to elevate them above the gridlocked roads and into the skies.

InterGlobe Enterprises, the parent company of IndiGo, has partnered with American firm Archer, with backing from aerospace titan Boeing, to introduce flying taxis – an innovative mode of urban transportation that combines the convenience of taxis with the freedom of flight.

The Promise of Flying Taxis These flying taxis, known as e-VTOL (electrical vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft, are set to transform the way people travel between cities. With a capacity for five passengers, these taxis offer unparalleled comfort and efficiency. The journey between Delhi and Gurugram, which typically takes hours by road, will now be completed in just 7 minutes. But it’s not just Delhi and Gurugram; flying taxis will also connect key destinations in Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Chennai. The launch is anticipated in 2026, heralding a new era of urban mobility in India.

Operational Mechanism The centerpiece of this futuristic transportation system is the 12-rotor ‘Midnight’ model, designed to provide a seamless travel experience. With ample space for luggage and seating for a pilot and four passengers, these taxis prioritize both comfort and efficiency. Drawing inspiration from similar models in the US, American carrier United is already planning routes between major cities. Archer is awaiting approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US, paving the way for India’s own flying taxi network pending clearance from the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Affordability and Accessibility Nikhil Goel, Archer’s Chief Commercial Officer, envisions these air taxi services to be just a “slight premium” over traditional ground transportation options. With fares expected to be approximately 1.5 times the cost of an Uber ride, rapid and hassle-free travel will soon become a reality for urban commuters. For example, a trip from Connaught Place to Gurugram, which currently costs Rs 500 via app-based taxis, will be priced between Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 with flying taxis, offering unprecedented convenience and efficiency.

Conclusion The advent of flying taxis represents a significant leap forward in urban transportation, promising to alleviate traffic congestion and revolutionize the way people commute between cities. With their imminent arrival, residents of Delhi, Gurugram, and other metropolitan hubs can look forward to a future where travel is not just efficient but also exhilarating. As we embrace this groundbreaking technology, the sky is no longer the limit – it’s just the beginning.


Rohit Kulkarni
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