Mangaluru: Mangaluru International Airport, in a passenger convenience first move, has given boost to services offered by app-based taxi aggregators. Ola, and Uber, two such taxi aggregators are now offering their service at MIA, thereby giving passengers a choice to meet their commuting needs while arriving at and departing from this #GatewayToGoodness. MIA has also set up a dedicated staging area for these app-based taxi aggregators.
Passengers have the choice to pre-book their ride or on arrival at the airport. This system is also useful for the corporate clients, who could make use of any existing arrangement with the taxi aggregators, for their travel needs through centralised booking. Standalone and group passengers too have the option to choose these rides. The taxi aggregators have a range of vehicles to meet the passenger convenience.
The airport has set aside 10 dedicated parking slots at parking island one, located at the entrance of the integrated terminal building near the roundabout from where these taxi aggregators operate. These taxis arrive from their dedicated staging area to the common staging area in front of the escalator on the lower ground floor from where the passengers who have booked these taxi aggregators, leave for their destination.
The airport also has a separate parking lot for pre-paid taxis, with provision to park 35 taxis. Only five pre-paid taxis are allowed in this common staging area to ensure ease of movement of vehicles of other stakeholders from their parking lots. Passengers may book a pre-paid taxi ride at the pre-paid taxi booth located at the arrival gate, come down to the lower ground floor using the escalator/lift and board their ride.