28 November 2007

Resident and visitors to Dubai will be able to take air taxis soon to beat the regular traffic jams. A private franchise company Cars Taxi will introduce about 10 helicopters to be used as taxis for passengers in Dubai. “We are finalising the plan to introduce helicopter taxi service in the UAE by 2009 and anyone who can afford it will be able to use it,” Abdullah Sultan Al Sabbagh, General Manager of Cars Taxi told the Gulf News. He said that they were negotiating with some European companies to bring helicopters on lease to operate as taxis.

“This is an answer to demands for fast travel in the fast developing cities like Dubai,” he said. The service, he added, would cater to the needs of businessmen and top executives who do not want to waste time in traffic jams. He said the company was initially aiming to bring five to 10 helicopters but the numbers would be increased following the demand. “We will not only operate within Dubai but would also serve passengers all over the country,” he said.