First flying car mobile airport to open in Britain
The world’s first mobile airport for flying cars and autonomous delivery drones will be launched in Coventry later this year, The Daily Star has learnt.
Air-One has been designed to transform urban transport – allowing air taxis and electric drones to land and recharge, helping to reduce congestion, cut air pollution, and contribute to a zero-carbon future.
According to the Daily Star, the zero-emission airport, designed by Urban Air Port, can be installed in a matter of days and has been backed by Hyundai Motor Group which plans to have commercialised its own flying vehicles by 2028.
Coventry City Council and the UK Government are also supporting the world first, which will be located next to the city’s Ricoh Arena.
Air-One has been developed for the forthcoming “urban air mobility” revolution which is estimated to be worth almost £1 trillion over the next 20 years as companies and authorities invest in Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft and the infrastructure it requires.
It can be operated off-grid and can also be integrated with electric vehicles and sustainable public transport.
Pamela Cohn, chief operating officer for the Urban Air Mobility Division of Hyundai Motor Group, said: “As we advance our eVTOL aircraft programme, development of supporting infrastructure is imperative.
“Air-One is a unique project that is set to help lead the way in developing a robust, accessible and intermodal infrastructure network for future mobility.
“We are excited to be part of this partnership in the UK and look forward to working together to create community impact and opportunity through safe, affordable, and human-centred mobility solutions.”
The airport – which is around 60% smaller than a heliport – will be the first of more than 200 zero-emission sites Urban Air Port plans to install worldwide over the next five years in response to global demand.
Initially, it will be used to help the public understand the new technology, with Malloy Aeronautics, a UK-based drone developer, demonstrating the use of large cargo drones at the site.
Its design allows the airport to be easily dismantled and moved to alternative sites, as the air-mobility sector develops.
Alongside urban environments, the design has been developed with disaster emergency management in mind.
They can rapidly deploy drones and other eVTOL to collect and transport emergency supplies, equipment and people where needed.