Urban Air Mobility taking shape: Frankfurt airport operator cooperates with Volocopter

February 12, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Urban Air Mobility taking shape: Frankfurt airport operator cooperates with Volocopter
The operator of Frankfurt Airport, Fraport AG, and Volocopter GmbH are jointly developing concepts for ground infrastructure and the operation of airport taxis at airports. The focus is on smooth passenger handling and efficient connections to existing traffic infrastructure. This will be investigated using a Volocopter Port as an example.

With this cooperation, the operation of autonomous passenger drones is taking on concrete forms. In the future, such aircrafts could connect traffic hubs in cities with each other. A connection between Frankfurt Airport and the city is also being examined.

Fraport can already draw on experience with unmanned flying. As part of the "FraDrones" program, the airport operator has already tested various scenarios for the operational use of drones. Volocopter has already been able to prove during test flights in Dubai, among other places, that its electrically operated and vertically taking off multicopter meets the requirements of Urban Aerial Mobility. The Volocopter is based on drone technology, offers space for two people and is designed to meet the requirements of city traffic due to its quiet and emission-free flying. As Germany's largest air traffic hub with more than 69.5 million passengers (2018), Frankfurt Airport offers interesting framework conditions for such a cooperation.

Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter GmbH, says: "The optimal connection of the city centre to the airport is a huge challenge for almost all major cities in the world. Together with Fraport, tackling the first implementation of an air taxi service at one of Europe's most important airports is great. We rely on the expertise of Fraport AG to integrate the volocopter service safely and efficiently into the complex processes at a major international airport".


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