The capital of the North American country is the second city in the world to have the service.
Airbus Helicopters created the service of helicopters on demand Voom some time ago, the service was already implemented in the Brazilian city of São Paulo, where it transported more than 3,000 passengers to date.
On March 8, Voom began its operations in Mexico City, making this city the second in the world to have the service.
Voom, which works similar to the service provided by Uber or Cabify in automobiles, will allow Mexicans to hire a trip through the mobile application or the web site www.voom.flights.com, and in this way to cross the city in an approximate time of 10 minutes, instead of the two or three hours it would take to do it by car.
The company chose Mexico City to implement its service because it has congestion situations similar to that of São Paulo.
Voom started operating with a fleet of 5 helicopters, models Airbus H130 and Bell 407, each with a capacity for five passengers who can travel with two handbags or a backpack and a luggage bag.
The price ranges between 2,500 and 4,000 Mexican pesos (134 and 215 dollars) plus taxes, depending on distance and additional luggage.
The places that Voom connects are located in the Metropolitan Area of Mexico and are the following:
- Benito Juárez International Airport
- Interlomas Heliport
- Radio Capital Heliport
- Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos International Airport, Toluca City
The schedule to schedule flights is from Monday to Friday from 07:30 to 18:30 and passengers can book their trip with an anticipation ranging from seven days to 60 minutes.
Voom is considering adding more heliports to its list such as El Pedregal, Perinorte, Santa Fe, Reforma and City of Cuernavaca, as well as a service of tourist flights that will depart and return to the same place.
Uma Subramanian, CEO and founder of the company said: “The next decade will be the period of greatest migration to urban areas in the history of mankind. This change puts a lot of stress on the current infrastructure of the cities, of course the autonomous vehicles will be part of the solution, but not the only one. We have to find other roads and I think air mobility is one of them.”
According to Subramanian, Voom’s plans for the future are based on providing the service with unmanned electric vehicles.