Domestic Airliner Indigo has partnered with self-drive car rental company Zoomcar, and car rental company Savaari to offer airport transfers to its passengers from the airport and other locations in the city.
How it works: In case of Zoomcar, the company says that passengers can pick the vehicle from the airport or anywhere in the city, and can drop back the car at the airport. In August, Zoomcar had launched a one-way intercity service called Hop where a customer can pick up a car from a location from one city and drop it off at another city at a Zoomcar location. So, it is unclear if the service offered to Indigo’s passenger has this flexibility or not. For Savaari cabs, it is like any other cab service. Riders can book a cab from airport the and can take the cab outstation or can have a local transfer.
Even though we haven’t heard much of Savaari’s developments in recent past, we called Savaari’s customer care and figured that they have a dedicated airport service, which needs to be booked in advance via its mobile app. It is unclear, how an Indigo passenger can avail this service. We have also reached out to Zoomcar for more details of the tie-up and we will update as soon as we get more info from them.
Jet Airways also offer airport transfer service to its passengers with intercity travel or self-drive options. To offer these services, Jet Airways has tieups with Uber and CarsonRent. Moreover, it has its own fleet of taxis called ‘JetFleet’. We checked other airlines too, but did come across any car or cab services on their websites.
It looks like these airlines are trying to get into territory of Online travel agents (OTAs) such as MakeMyTrip, Goibibo, Ixigo, which too offer local and outstation cab services-however these are not necessarily focused at airport transfers. Note that some of the airliners offer hotel services as well similar to OTAs.
Besides, online cab aggregators Ola, and Uber- which also dominates online cab space in the country, entered into an alliance with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) in August to set up designated cab zones at five AAI-run airports including Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Bhubaneshwar, and Lucknow. The partnership with AAI enables Ola and Uber driver partners to park their vehicles at a designated area at airport and then pick up customers from there. These zones have a dedicated signage will direct riders to the pick-up location for their Ola and Uber.