Volocopter, Atlantia and Aeroporti di Roma partner up to help bring electric air taxis to Italy’s capital city as early as 2023

Volocopter, Atlantia and Aeroporti di Roma partner up to help bring electric air taxis to Italy’s capital city as early as 2023

This will include a new service that will connect various places in the Italian capital through vertical airports, helping to significantly reduce urban congestion and CO2 emissions.

Volocopter, the infrastructures’ holding company Atlantia and Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), the largest airport operator in Italy, have announced their partnership to bring electric air taxis to Rome.

This will include a new service that will connect various places in the Italian capital through vertical airports, helping to significantly reduce urban congestion and CO2 emissions.

Together with the Italian authorities, regulators, and Atlantia’s full support, Aeroporti di Roma and Volocopter will also raise public awareness about urban air mobility and pave the way to bring it to the country as early as 2023.

To help with this, Volocopter’s VoloCity will be exhibited at Fiumicino Airport from 27th to 30th October and from 2nd to 4th November in Piazza San Silvestro, Rome. These exhibitions will help the public learn about electric air taxis and see how this new kind of mobility will improve urban life. Those attending will also have the opportunity to also sit inside the VoloCity model. 

Christian Bauer, Chief Commercial Officer at Volocopter, said: “We have proven again and again that our aircraft are flying fully-scaled. Now, we are currently focusing on putting the UAM ecosystem in place in several cities, just like Rome, to host our fully electric mobility solutions upon certification.

“There could not be any better partners to bring this exciting mode of mobility to Italy than ADR, who is recognised to be one of the most innovative and sustainable airports in Europe.” 

Aeroporti di Roma is a leader in sustainable airport operations and has set a clear goal to be NetZero by 2030. Recognised by United Nations’ World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO) as ‘Leaders in Responsible Travel’ and voted ‘Best Airport’ by ACI Europe three years in a row, the company has fully integrated sustainability into its business model to create economic, social, and environmental value, believing that the aviation sector can and must contribute to a change.

From an industrial and technological point of view, ADR is strongly committed to the development of the new vertical airports and, more generally, to the rapid spread of urban air mobility.

Marco Troncone, Chief Executive Officer at Aeroporti di Roma, said: “We are proud to contribute to shaping the future in collaboration with Volocopter, one of the most advanced developers for this new type of aircraft and service: this partnership testifies to ADR’s commitment towards sustainability and innovation, as well as to our will to be a pioneer in designing the smart mobility of the future upon these premises.” 

Atlantia – one of the main holding companies at the global level specialised in strategic investments in the airport and motorway sector, as well as in the development of new forms of sustainable mobility – is the main shareholder of Aeroporti di Roma and Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur.

It has recently invested in Volocopter, together with other major international companies, and the development and promotion of businesses integrated with environmental sustainability and technological innovation represent one of Atlantia’s main strategic lines of growth. 

Carlo Bertazzo, CEO of Atlantia, added: “We are confident that the collaboration between ADR and Volocopter can give rise, in the short term, to important innovations from the industrial point of view. These two companies are strongly focused on the development of sustainable businesses and have strong technical expertise.

“As Atlantia, we will continue to support the diffusion of Urban Air Mobility in our international hub in Rome and in our airport system of Nizza, Cannes and Saint Tropez, proud to be developing a new transport technology that we can then export to our other European airports, as well as on a global scale.”

Rome is one of the first cities in Europe to commit to bringing urban air mobility services with Volocopter, with Paris committed to a collaboration to bring electric air taxis to the city in time for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Volocopter takes a holistic approach to urban air mobility by developing a full ecosystem that connects the necessary components to offer electric flight in cities. The German company is the only eVTOL developer with a product portfolio of multi-copter and fixed-wing designs that can be used for passenger and cargo transportation.

Through cross-industrial partnerships, Volocopter covers all the aspects of the UAM ecosystem including the aircraft, the operations, as well as the digital infrastructure, VoloIQ, enabling large-scale digital visibility of the entire ecosystem. 

 

Volocopter, Atlantia and Aeroporti di Roma partner up to help bring electric air taxis to Italy’s capital city as early as 2023

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