Dubai: By 2026, Dubai aims to become the world’s pioneering city in the realm of urban transportation, as it plans to have fully operational flying taxis, marking a significant leap in the development of urban air mobility. This statement was attributed to the owners of the London-based Airtaxi manufacturing company.
The company made this announcement during the 3rd World Conference on Autonomous Transport in Dubai. With the introduction of flying taxis, Dubai is poised to become the world’s first city with a dedicated network of vertiports. Vertiports are specialized infrastructure designed to facilitate the landing and takeoff of drones and advanced air mobility transportation solutions. A vertiport is typically designed to accommodate multiple drones simultaneously.
The approval for this new technology was granted during the World Government Summit held in Dubai in February of this year. The primary station for flying taxis will be located near Dubai International Airport. Initially, flying taxis will operate to and from vertiport stations in prominent locations such as Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Downtown, and Dubai Marina. It was previously announced that the air taxis would have a speed of 300 kilometers per hour and a maximum range of 241 kilometers. These air taxis are designed to accommodate one pilot and up to four passengers. The makers of air taxis have highlighted that flying taxis will provide several advantages beyond time savings when compared to traditional land transport.