Air taxi infrastructure startup Skyportz has announced a partnership with Secure Parking, which could deliver up to 400 landing sites for eVTOL aircraft in Australia.
With changes in the way people now work, Skyportz is exploring the future of cities and our transport needs. The company says if the shift to home-based work we have seen through the COVID-19 pandemic becomes the new normal, then it believes this opens the possibilities for all sorts of alternative uses for some of our city assets.
Clem Newton-Brown, CEO and founder of Skyportz and who was recently recognised in eVTOL Insights’ Power Book 2022, said: “While there will always be a need for car parking in our cities it may be that the demand is not going to bounce to pre-pandemic levels. Car parks are ideal locations for Skyportz facilities.
“They are generally located in places people want to go and they are constructed to a standard which can take the weight of vehicles on flat rooftops.
“Without a Skyportz landing site network these aircraft are not going to be able to realise their full potential. Our networks will be available for all air taxi entrants and we expect that we will see a major infrastructure investor partner with us when the time is right.”
Secure Parking was established in 1979 and since that time, has identified an opportunity to develop a fresh and more relevant approach to car parking that benefits all types of parking customers. In December 2016 Secure was acquired by Park24 – one of the largest parking operators in the world.
It has more than 600 car parks throughout Australia and New Zealand, in cities including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.
Secure Parking CEO, Peter Anson said: “Secure Parking is delighted to partner with an organisation that shares our vision for pushing the boundaries to find innovative solutions through next generation technologies. We look forward to working collaboratively with Skyportz as we explore what can be achieved together”
Skyportz is developing a comprehensive infrastructure network in Australia to attract and support future urban and regional air mobility services. It signed an MoU with Electra.aero, which includes a Purchase Agreement for up to 100 eSTOL aircraft, enabling the company and its operating partners to directly connect city centres or dispersed logistics facilities and deliver cargo to remote regions.
The company is also simultaneously working with Australian Federal and State governments to help develop the standards, regulations and zones which will enable the Skyportz ‘mini airports’ in new locations in and around cities and regional centres
Newton-Brown added: “There is strong political support to develop a new era in clean, green electric aviation in Australia, however we are waiting on Federal standards and new State regulations to be developed before we can proceed to build the network.”
“Community support for this new era in aviation is going to be essential and we expect that services will start outside urban areas in the initial phase expected to commence with the first electric aircraft becoming operational in the next few years.”