Avports has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Jaunt Air Mobility to join its Access Skyways infrastructure alliance and support the integration of eVTOL aircraft with airports and the aviation ecosystem.

This partnership builds on Avports’ ongoing efforts to transition to a carbon-neutral operating environment. It is the described as the most experienced American-owned and based airport manager and operator, with more than 650 employees and a 94-year track record.

Founded in 1927 as the airport infrastructure operator division of Pan American World Airways, Avports has operated more than 30 airports, aviation facilities, and passenger terminals in the United States, including 50 years providing airport management services in New York State. Avports currently provides O&M services in states including California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey and New York.

Jorge Roberts, CEO of Avports, said,”Climate change is an all-important industry challenge. With 95 years of airport management experience, Avports is positioned to be part of the solution. The future of air travel has to be environmentally friendly and sustainable.

“By collaborating with Jaunt Air Mobility and the Access Skyways Alliance to provide zero-emission vehicle solutions, we act on our community leadership values and ESG (environmental, social, and governance) principles. We are dedicated to working towards carbon-free travel on behalf of our customers and the communities we serve.” 

Access Skyways will help organisations navigate the complexity of introducing a new system of transit or vertiports to air operations. It will address key factors along the AAM ecosystem with fact-based data and analytics, such as infrastructure design, supply and demand cost analysis, flight operations, electrification, existing airports and heliports, and maintenance and repair.

Thanks to this alliance, Avports and Jaunt will now provide a convenient way for airport owners, authorities, and stakeholders to efficiently decrease the complexity of implementing Advanced Air Mobility into their airports. The Access Skyways alliance offers expertise in:

  • Construction project management
  • Supply/demand and cost analysis
  • Vertiport design
  • Electrification
  • Flight operations
  • Community Engagement

Simon Briceno, Chief Commercial Officer for Jaunt, said: “Access Skyways is an agreement with organisations with distinct areas of expertise in the planning, design, development, and integration of eVTOL aircraft into the existing global transportation system. As an OEM, we will be working with operators around the globe. We are pleased to partner with Avports as their expertise provides critical elements to making this service a reality.”

Jaunt Air Mobility is developing an eVTOL aircraft that uses Slow-Rotor Compound (SRC) technology which fuses flight capabilities of a helicopter and a fixed-wing airplane. It says this creates advancements enabling safe, fast urban air commuting. Jaunt’s aircraft will have a range of between 80 and 100 miles, carrying a pilot and four passengers.