It may soon be possible to take-off and land at Frankfurt Airport in an electric Volocopter air taxi.
The airport and Volocopter are developing a ‘Volocopter Port’ as the ground infrastructure for air taxi operations. This cooperation focuses on smooth passenger handling and efficient integration into existing transport infrastructure.
Frankfurt Airport – known as FraPort – altready has extensive experience in unmanned flying via its FraDrones programme.
Volocopter has already proven that its electrically-powered vertical take-off multicopters meet the requirements of Urban Aerial Mobility in various test flights, most notably in Dubai.
Based on drone technology, the Volocopter offers space for two people and is a suitable urban transport solution thanks to its quiet and zero-emissions flying.
Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter GmbH, said: “Providing the ideal connection between the city centre and the airport poses a huge challenge for the world’s major cities.
“Together with Fraport AG, we are excited to pioneer the implementation of an air taxi service at one of Europe’s most important airports.
“We will be tapping into Fraport’s wealth of experience to integrate the Volocopter Service safely and efficiently into the complex array of processes required at a major international airport.”
Anke Giesen, Fraport AG’s executive board member for operations (COO), explained: “Autonomous flying will fundamentally change aviation in the years to come.
“We want to be the first airport in Europe to harness the potential of electric air taxis in partnership with pioneer Volocopter, for the benefit of our passengers and the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main region. This partnership underscores Fraport AG’s role as a key driver of innovation in diverse fields.”