Passengers coming into Rome from 2024 onwards will be able to fly into the city center for their taxi trip if a project between the corporation that operates the city’s major airport and a German startup gets off the ground on time.
The rotor-bladed, battery-powered two-seater air taxi being developed by startup Volocopter intends to make Fiumicino Airport a test bed.
The voyage in one of the craft, which takes off and lands vertically, will take roughly 15 minutes, according to Aeroporti di Roma (AdR) CEO Marco Troncone, compared to 45 minutes or more by automobile.
A ride would cost roughly 150 euros ($175) at first, with the price expected to reduce as the service becomes more popular, he added.
He told Reuters in Fiumicino, where Volocopter was demonstrating a prototype, that “the connection would be quite quick.” “It will be a quiet voyage with zero emissions,” says the company.
Volocopter, which was created in 2011, plans to get a commercial flight license from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) within three years and then begin operations, according to Christian Bauer, the company’s Chief Commercial Officer.
According to an EASA assessment, Rome is the third most ideal European city for the development of air taxis, after Paris (where Volocopter indicated in June it wanted to have a service operational in time for the 2024 Olympic Games) and Berlin.