The globe’s first airport for flying cars has opened to the public. On April 25, UK-based Urban-Air Port Debuted Air-One, which will act as a hub for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles once fully operational. If it’s a success, it will be the blueprint for hundreds more around the world.
Coventry City Council and U.K. start-up Urban-Air Port Ltd collaborated on the project to illustrate the possibilities of urban air mobility to reduce congestion and pollution.
Urban-Air Port will operate Air-One in Coventry for at least one month, as part of a larger ambition to build over 200 “vertiports” worldwide over the next five years.
In a statement to Aviation24.be, Ricky Sandhu, the founder and executive chairman of Urban-Air Port, said: “The opening of Air-One is a momentous moment—the starting gun for a new age of transport, an age of zero-emission, congestion-free travel between and within cities that will make people healthier, happier and more connected than ever before.”
“Cars have roads. Trains have rails. Planes have airports. Now, eVTOLs have an Urban-Air Port.”
Air-One will provide a variety of services, including aircraft command and control, eVTOL charging, and cargo loading for uncrewed demo flights and drones. After its stay in Coventry, Air-One will travel to the other UK and international sites to test its demonstrations in a variety of settings.