Munich Airport International (MAI) and Urban-Air Port will collaborate in developing aircraft ground infrastructure and airport operations which will facilitate the vertical take-off and landing of electric air taxis.
The partners will provide a roadmap for efficient and sustainable flight operations, coupling MAI’s world leading airport knowledge and operational experience with Urban-Air Port’s innovative ground infrastructure technology and solutions.
The collaboration will also see MAI bring both its aviation and non-aviation expertise to the planning, development and operation of Air One, creating critical synergies for the successful introduction and operation of urban-air ports.
Dr. Ralf Gaffal, MAI’s Managing Director, said: “The aviation industry is constantly evolving. While Urban Air Mobility was a vague vision just a few years ago, this trend is within reach today. We as Munich Airport International see great potential in this new mode of transportation and have developed an advanced air mobility program to actively shape the future.
“Partnering with Urban-Air Port® allows us to join forces in designing, implementing and operating scalable and sustainable urban-air ports around the world.”
Urban-Air Port® is currently deploying its ‘Air One’ programme, which is a fully operational and integrated airport for drones and eVTOL aircraft that interlinks air mobility with ground transportation in a multimodal hub.
Air One will be presented to the industry and general public for the first in Coventry, UK, in 2022, demonstrating an ultra-compact, rapidly deployable and multi-functional operations hub for manned and unmanned vehicles. This will provide aircraft command and control, charging and refuelling, cargo and passenger loading and other associated services.
Earlier this year, the company announced it was working with Hyundai’s Urban Air Mobility Division to develop 65 electric urban-air ports worldwide to meet the growing demand for autonomous airborne drones and eVTOL aircraft. It also partnered with Altitude Angel and Safeguard Vertiports to work on the world’s first infrastructure programme, which is backed by the UK Government.
As well as the ‘Air One’ programme, Urban-Air Port will collaborate on longer term projects and opportunities with MAI, with an initial focus on use cases and markets which are expected to emerge in the next couple of years.
Ricky Sandhu, Founder & Executive Chairman at Urban-Air Port®, said: “Urban-Air Port® is not only working with the world’s leading developers of eVTOLs, but also developing the full ecosystem to enable air mobility to take flight by building strategic partnerships with major mobility and industry partners across the world.
This collaboration with Munich Airport International, the ‘5-Star Standard’ in airport operations allows us to jointly develop our expertise in airport development and operations. Moreover, we can lay the foundations for a globally integrated urban air transport network.
“Together, we strive to play a major role in shaping the future of urban air mobility and to equip and adapt the aviation industry to meet the needs of the coming decades.”