Let us imagine you have been on a trip and you came back, landed at your destination via flight and about to book a ride. Or, maybe thinking of finding a ride, with most of the people, someone comes to pick them up. Or, they are well aware of the best means to travel to their home. At some places, the airports are well connected through public transport methods like buses or metro. In many places, there is a monopoly of cabs and taxi groups that won’t allow anyone else to operate in their area. This is a huge business in areas that attract a large population of people traveling every day, 24 hours.
This cannot be compared with other taxi and cab services that run in the city because of many reasons. One is the extremely expensive per mile charge. It is known that aerodrome taxis can charge you more than your entire flight charge for a fraction of the miles covered in road. This makes one wonder the amount of tax and toll paid by daily commuters.
However, airport transfers have evolved over time and have been acquired by many on hire and pre-hired cab services. These vans and cabs come to pick up a group of people who have already booked them prior to their journey, and they pay much less compared to one individual who books a cab right on the spot. Further, when they are shared by 5 to 7 people in a big car, the cost per head automatically goes low, while the company still makes a profit from traveling the same distance. As this is not always possible at the airport, people tend to tolerate all the charge themselves. This has led to many companies offering charter services to and from terminals, both domestic and international. They have short waiting periods so that they can touch a number of flights at the same time. In case of very busy places, this is not a big deal.
Once a few flights have landed, these airport pickup vans or cars, or even buses ply towards the city dropping off people at their destination, at just a fraction of the cost. Although it might seem wasting time waiting for people to come, mostly the period is between 20 to 30 minutes, and that is alright compared to the amount of money you would be saving in the process. This can be used elsewhere, like buying your friend a gift.
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