Skyports is to work with Hanwha Systems and help foster air mobility projects that will include collaboration in areas such as infrastructure, flight services and a mobility platform.

The partnership will see Skyports and Hanwha Systems develop technology for advanced air mobility infrastructure which meets VTOL aircraft operator demands and supports environmental goals. It will also aim to deliver technological developments which will facilitate a seamless passenger experience and a fast and convenient boarding process. 

Duncan Walker, CEO of Skyports, said: “Hanwha Systems’ wealth of experience providing smart technology solutions across the aerospace industry make them an important partner for us to advance our vertiport capabilities.

“Their solutions-focused, customer-first approach is highly aligned with Skyports’ own values. We look forward to developing this partnership which will shape our own vertiport offering and enable the wider industry.”

Skyports has been making significant progress in recent weeks, with partnerships forming across the world with companies such as Kanematsu in Japan, Kenya Airways in Africa and more recently, a consortium with Future Mobility Campus Ireland, Avtrain and Shannon Group to launch Ireland’s first vertiport by 2022.

The company was the first to build a full-scale passenger air taxi vertiport, which was launched as part of a trial in Singapore back in 2019, and currently has infrastructure projects in development elsewhere in Asia, as well as in Europe and North America.

In the USA, Addison Ferrell has been appointed Skyports’ new Head of Americas and will be responsible for driving the development of vertiport infrastructure and implementation of commercial drone deliveries. He will also lead the company’s efforts to build public acceptance and trust in advanced air mobility across the Americas.  

While Hanwha Systems – which owns a 30 per cent stake in eVTOL aircraft developer Overair – has said it is in the final stages of developing an electric propulsion system, with initial tests to begin later this month. Both companies will aim to test an air taxi capable of flying at a maximum speed of 200mph by 2025.