Urban Blue, a project focused on sustainable mobility set up by Aeroporti di Roma, Aeroporto di Venezia, Aeroports de la Cote d’Azur and Aeroporto Guglielmo Marconi di Bologna, has been launched today for the development of urban air mobility infrastructures at the international level.
The company, which will be open to new industrial, technological and financial partners for the progressive expansion of UAM in various geographic areas, in addition to Italy and France, will be concerned with studying, designing, building and managing the infrastructures - also known as vertiports - essential to allow electric vertical take-off aircraft (e-VTOL) to connect airports with built-up areas and promote intra-city mobility, promoting the decongestion of traffic in urban centres.
The initial network of vertiports will include the reference areas of the founding partners and may be extended to other geographies of interest; in particular, the start of operations in Rome, Nice and Venice is currently planned by 2024.
In an initial phase, Urban Blue will carry out technical-economic feasibility studies and masterplans, in coordination with all the stakeholders of the new ecosystem, preparatory to the authorisation phase and the subsequent construction and management of the vertiports.
“As the laboratory for the airport of tomorrow and the leading carbon-neutral French airport group, Aéroports de la Côte d´Azur aims to amplify the effects of the energy transition of air transport and to anticipate new uses. As the manager of airports located in a landlocked territory, between sea and mountain, at the heart of urban but also industrial areas, the Group anticipates the diffusion of this new form of mobility in the short term. This is why participating in the creation and development of Urban Blue is not only part of our strategy but also of our convictions in terms of sustainable mobility,” said Franck Goldnadel, CEO of Aeroports de la Cote d’Azur.
Extract from the Urban Blue press release
Publishd on 26 october 2021