Taking off into the future of air travel

Carlo Tursi, Chief Executive Officer of UrbanV, tells International Airport Review about the progress made to date on the development of vertiports that will accommodate all the new advanced air mobility aircraft that will be certified in the coming years.

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) represents one of the most promising forms of innovative and sustainable mobility in the coming years. It is an entirely new service providing transportation for people and goods that is battery-powered and thus emission‑free in flights; a form of mobility that can reshape the boundaries of flight and airports as we know them today; as well as a solution for heavily congested urban centres.

The potential of the sector is growing strongly, with a market value for Europe estimated at over €4 billion by 2030, and global capitals activating to integrate AAM within their transport systems and investing to build the ground structures needed for the take-off and landing of the e-VTOLs.
In this context, Italy has been distinguishing itself for its pioneering approach: thanks to a partnership between Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), Atlantia, and Volocopter, with the support of ENAC (the Italian Civil Aviation Authority), Rome will be one of the first European capitals to activate AAM routes between Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and the city centre, by 2024.

Intra-city and inter-city mobility

Our goal is to make sure vertiports will be fully integrated in the transport ecosystem of the cities where they are built, enhancing intermodality and accessibility in urban and regional areas”

Following at least two years of studying and research, in order to facilitate the launch of the AAM operations, Aeroporti di Roma – together with Aeroporto di Venezia (VCE), Aeroports de la Cote d’Azur (NCE), and Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi di Bologna (BLQ) – founded UrbanV, a company focused on the study, design, construction and management of vertiports, the essential infrastructure for eVTOLs to connect airports with city areas and promote intra-city and inter‑city mobility.

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