RTC’s ‘Pushpak Services’ to provide bus service to airport
Aero Express service, the cheapest mode of transport to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, is likely to be wound up shortly.
The air-conditioned bus service launched at the time of inauguration of the Greenfield airport by GMR continued to be the favourite of many, who looked for affordable but comfortable travel to the airport. The withdrawal of the service is because the contract between the airport operator and a private company will end soon.
Informed sources say that the chances of renewal of the contract were remote as the GMR is believed to have approached APSRTC with a request to operate similar services.
A.K. Khan, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the State-owned transport corporation, confirmed that the corporation was ready to operate 40 air-conditioned buses, christened ‘Pushpak Services’. The RTC is likely to launch the service from December 15.RTC plans to operate 40 low-floor air-conditioned buses to the airport from different points in the city. Mr. Khan said there was a spurt in air passengers belonging to middle income groups, but they were reluctant to hire a cab to the airport.
The fares for ‘Pushpak’, however, had not yet been finalised. The airport operator, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL), had launched the Aero Express service in 2008 with a fleet of 16 buses which was later increased to 22 buses.
The Aero Express buses are operated from nine different places to the airport with a charge Rs.230 per head for one-way travel and Rs.400 for two ways.
Interestingly, some of those employed with Aero Express services had approached the RTC authorities enquiring whether their expertise could be utilised by the corporation.