Lilium has confirmed Munich Airport and Nuremberg Airport will become hubs for its proposed regional air mobility network in the state of Bavaria, Germany.

This news adds to the German start up’s earlier announcements last year, in planning regional hubs in North-Rhine Westphalia – the country’s most populous state – and Florida, USA. Based on agreements in principle with landing site operators, Lilium has already undertaken extensive preparatory work; covering site search, structural implementation and airspace integration, use cases and routes.

This partnership will offer all-electric connections, with each being able to transport six passengers between different locations across the south of Germany.

Daniel Wiegand, CEO of Lilium, said: “I am very pleased with our successful partnership with the two airports. Of course, we are doing everything we can to bring our all-electric and ultra-quiet airline service to our home base of Bavaria, as well as to link Munich and Nuremberg even more closely with neighboring cities and regions.

“We also want to offer a service for everyone in the Southern German region, with attractive prices and great time savings for all travelers. Munich and Nuremberg airports are key mobility hubs that we will connect with large and small cities throughout the region over time.” 

Last month, Lilium announced its first serial aircraft – the seven-seater Lilium Jet. It has a range of more than 250km and a cruise speed of 280 km/h, with zero operating emissions.

It has been in development since 2019 and received its CRI-A01 certification basis from EASA last year. The first aircraft is expected to come off the production line next year, with capacity for six passengers and a pilot.

Jost Lammers, CEO of Franz-Josef-Strauss Airport Munich, welcomes Lilium’s commitment. He said: “Improving the connectivity of Munich Airport will be one of our most important future goals, once the repercussions of the pandemic have been overcome. We look forward to welcoming more efficient links between the airport and regional and long-distance rail services.”

Michael Hupe, Managing Director of Albrecht Dürer Airport Nuremberg, added: “The people and companies of the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region demand mobility. As a transportation hub and northern Bavaria’s gateway to the world, we have established many opportunities for people to travel here.

“It is important to promote and establish new forms of sustainable mobility at our location. Since several transport corridors meet in Nuremberg, many ground-based transport systems are heavily congested. This gives the location enormous potential for such an innovative product.” 

Commenting on this announcement, Florian Herrmann, Bavarian State Minister, said: “eVTOL aircraft are a fascinating and promising addition to the mobility of the future and thus are triggering completely new planning and solution possibilities. We therefore support efforts to add this particularly environmentally responsible dimension to air mobility.

“With the Air Mobility Initiative Bavaria as part of the High-Tech Agenda Plus, we are making 100 million euros available in the coming years for research and development for new forms of urban air mobility. The Bavarian state government sees great potential for quiet, emission-free and fast mobility in optimized networking of individual transport systems.”