Online intercity cab aggregator AHA Taxis has expanded to 20 cities and towns including Mumbai, Pune and Shirdi in Maharashtra; Jaipur, Pushkar and Alwar in Rajasthan; Bhopal, Indore and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh; Hyderabad, Tirupati, Srisailam, Vizag and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh; and Bangalore, Ooty, Mangalore, Coorg and Mysore in Karnataka.
The company seems to be charging its regular rates for the cities that it has expanded to. For example, for Pune to Mumbai, the company charges Rs 2,000, Rs 2250 and Rs 2,750 for its Economy, Comfort and Premium services, whereas from Tirupati to Hyderabad, its charging Rs 7,650, Rs 8,200 and Rs 10,000 for its Economy, Comfort and Premium services.
AHA now claims to be present in over 350 cities in the country. The company was founded by Amit Grover, Praveen Samariya, Kunal Krishna, Kumar Aryan and Shivam Mishra in January last year and lets its users pay for fares only one way (km based) as opposed to a round trip. It also lets users book a cab up to 6 months in advance, accepting card, wire, mobile wallet and cash payments on web and mobile app. Last month, the company appointed Shailly Tyagi as head of customer experience and Ghanendra Singh as head of driver-partner engagement.
Ola Outstation: At the end of last month, Ola launched Ola Outstation, a cab service from Pune to travel to Lonavala, Mumbai, Nashik and Aurangabad. The cab could be booked and accessed in 2 hours from the time of booking and would charge the user for a round trip, although it was not clear if the user needed to compulsorily take a round trip or if the charge was for a one way ride. Users could also book a trip for longer than a day, up to 10 days, but the company’s charge was not clear for these.
Ixigo cab outstation booking: In May, ixigo launched intercity cab booking on its web, mobile web and app platforms with 250 intercity cab operators. This service would initially be available in Delhi (NCR), Jaipur, Agra, Chandigarh, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Jammu, Shimla, Manali, Meerut and Alwar. Meru Cabs also offers intercity booking.
BlaBlaCar claims 3 million seats offered in 1.5 years: Earlier this month, intercity ridesharing service BlaBlaCar claimed that it had offered 3 million seats for travel on its platform since its India launch in January 2015. The company, however, did not specify how many seats were booked or trips completed in that duration. In September 2015, it had mentioned that the company had made 350,000 seat bookings in India and was present in 700 cities. The France-based company claims to have over 30 million registered members globally, with presence in 22 countries.
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