Online cab aggregator Uber has restructured its ride fare for pick ups at the Mumbai Domestic (1A and 1B) and International airports (P4 and P6) starting today, to include a surcharge of Rs 110. This surcharge has been made compulsory by the Mumbai International and Domestic Airport management in areas designated for commercial vehicles coming into the airport to pick up passengers.
Uber says its adjustment is similar to the sea-link toll levied and added to the passengers ride fare: Its drivers will produce the receipt of the toll or surcharge as proof of payment, which it reimburses. Users need not pay by cash for tolls and surcharges as they’re directly charged into the fare, and they can check estimated fares by inputting pickup location and destination and clicking on ‘Fare Quote’.
Fare hike in Bangalore rides
Starting earlier this week, Uber has also increased its per kilometer fare for trips that go beyond 15 kilometers in Bangalore. This is restricted to UberX and UberGo vehicles for now. Uber told MediaNama that this is ‘to ensure the economics work for drivers providing longer (distance) trips’. The company added that it does not have plans to introduce this in its other operational cities for now, and neither would the trip be charged more if taking a UberBlack vehicle.
Expansion to Guwahati, Nashik, Thiruvananthapuram and Vadodara
In the same time frame, Uber has launched in four more cities, namely, Guwahati, Nashik, Thiruvananthapuram and Vadodara. With this expansion, the company is now available in 22 Indian cities. Note that just last month Uber expanded to seven more cities in India, namely – Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Indore, Mysore, Nagpur, Surat and Visakhapatnam.
Free 4G WiFi in Mumbai Uber cabs
Last week, Uber entered into a strategic partnership with telecom operator Bharti Airtel to allow Mumbai’s Uber riders to pay with Airtel Money, Airtel’s mobile wallet, in their cab rides in India.Airtel said that all of Mumbai Uber cabs would be equipped with free Airtel 4G WiFi for usage, and that this service would be launched across India soon. The Airtel Money payment option will be available to users, other than the pre-existing methods of credit/debit card, Paytm wallet and cash.
Earlier this month, Uber received an injection of funds from Tata Opportunities Fund (TOF) to expand its services and solutions in India, by making use of TOF’s network within the Tata Group and outside of it. Uber currently claims to have a 40% month on month growth rate and a supposed 35% market share. Earlier this month, Uber told MediaNama that it had around 150,000 registered cars in its fleet after rival Ola claimed to own 80% of the online cab market share by registered vehicles.
Updates: An earlier version of this post said that the pickup points at Mumbai airport are new, which they’re not. The error is regretted. Edits have also been made to fix grammar.