Skyports and Park24, a Japanese parking lot and car sharing operator, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and integrate a vertiport infrastructure network in Japan.

The MoU also includes Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance, which aims to develop a Mobility as a Service (MaaS), and Kanematsu Corporation, which has worked with Skyports since April 2020 to develop an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) infrastructure in Japan.

They will conduct feasibility assessments in the Kansai Region, and particularly in Osaka, to establish which of Park24’s parking lots are suitable for vertiport infrastructure development to serve as nodes for eVTOL passenger aircraft and as dedicated charging sites, while exploring the business case for first and last mile car sharing services for AAM operators.

Skyports head of Asia Pacific Yun-Yuan TAY said: “Skyports is proud to contribute expertise in vertiport design and operations to bring AAM to Japan.

“The partnership will enable us to unlock value for Park24’s customers, partners and users, and we look forward to enhancing mobility services with our partners, as we work to accelerate the adoption of AAM in Japan.”

Park24 senior executive corporate officer Kenichi Sasaki added: “We are very pleased to participate in the vertiport business of Japan to link people, mobility users and local communities.

“We expect that the Vertiport business will become an indispensable business for our brand concept – Mobility Link.”

Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance senior managing executive officer Mitsuru Yamaguchi continued: “This partnership is a valuable first step in building the ground infrastructure for eVTOL.

“We are committed to the security and safety of our eVTOL vertiport customers and to solve social issues such as future mobility services and a carbon-neutral society through the development of flying cars”

Kanematsu Corporation chief officer of motor vehicles and aerospace division Ryoichi Kidokoro said: “We are happy to launch a collaboration based on AAM and we will accelerate the vertiport infrastructure of Japan to contribute to the air mobility revolution.”

Park24’s partnership with Skyports will enable seamless integration of AAM into its operations, working with regulatory bodies and local communities in Japan to advance an AAM ecosystem that prioritises safety, connectivity, and accessibility.

Last week, Skyports and Jurong Port, operator of Singapore’s multi-purpose cargo port, signed a MOU to develop ship-to-shore infrastructure for large-scale drone delivery operations and expand the country’s bustling maritime sector.

In July 2020, Aioi Nissay Dowa invested in Joby Aviation with the aim of exploring specialised insurance products and services while gaining knowledge about eVTOL aircraft.