Uber is my go-to service provider whenever I am back in town from anywhere. Like I’ve discussed in the past, it is was just much more easier and cheaper to use an Uber ride from the airport than the tonnes of prepaid cabs.
However, the management of Mumbai’s airport just decided they had to make money off this as well. Till my last trip, the modus operandi at the domestic terminal (1A and 1B) used to be that if you exited the pickup area within 5 minutes, you got out without paying anything.
As per Uber’s new communication just announced, it seems that MIAL (airport operator), just set out a new pickup area in the parking lot for all commercial vehicles, and this means all of Uber affiliated yellow-number plate cars will have to compulsorily enter this area to pick up passengers. At Terminal 2, there anyways is no free pickup area, and hence, the drivers end up paying INR 110 in case they need to pick up a passenger from the terminal parking. On the Mumbai Airport website, there is however no mention of this compulsory pickup area.
Here is what came in:
The usual way around this is a short walk outside the airport. We’ll see what jugaad people come up with to beat this surcharge. Otherwise Uber will work out as expensive as the regular prepaid cabs sometimes.
Has anyone of my readers had any experience with this INR 110 surcharge today?