Flying Taxis at 2024 in the Europe
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) predicts that the urban air market in Europe will reach 4.2 billion euros by 2030
In Europe, the first flying taxis may be operational as early as 2024. This was recently announced by the main aviation regulator of the region.
Several European firms have announced the development of vehicles suitable for this role already. Flying taxis can be used to transport passengers and urgent cargo.
“I believe that commercial use of [air] taxis could begin in 2024 or 2025,” the source quoted Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
EASA predicts that by 2030 the urban air transportation market in Europe will reach 4.2 billion euros, which will lead to the creation of 90,000 jobs. It is expected that about 31% of the new market will be concentrated in Europe.
The agency has already begun the certification process for some projects and expects the first aircraft to receive approval by 2024, Key said. The speed at which such vehicles are put into service will depend on the issuance of permits. At the same time, it will be taken into account whether flights are planned over city centers and sources of increased danger, for example, railway lines.
So far, EASA focuses on projects of manned aircraft for the transport of passengers and unmanned aircraft for the delivery of goods. Key estimates that it will be several years before fully autonomous vehicles are available.