On Wednesday, Superior Air Mobility and Corporación América Airports signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop, design, and combine a service and assist ecosystem for city air mobility (UAM) operations in Latin America by electrical Vertical and Take Off Touchdown plane (eVTOL). Corporación América Airports, an vital operator of 53 airports in six international locations (together with Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Ecuador), will look to develop vertiports throughout the area.
Vertiports coming to Latin America
Each corporations signed a Memorandum of Understanding to mix their experience and share greatest practices for vertiport design ideas in markets all through the world. The collaboration between Superior Air Mobility and Corporación América Airports will contain growing vertiport networks and operations and evaluating which airports administrated by Corporación are greatest suited to vertiport deployment.
Corporación América has a portfolio of 53 airports, primarily in South America. Among the many airports administrated by this firm are Buenos Aires Ezeiza Worldwide (EZE) and Jorge Newbery Airfield (AEP), Brasília Worldwide (BSB), Carrasco Worldwide (MVD) in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Guayaquil Worldwide (GYE) in Ecuador.
“We’re at an extremely thrilling level within the business’s improvement as we take concrete steps in the direction of implementing a scalable vertiport community that may facilitate business eVTOL operations; this partnership shall be instrumental to attaining these targets,” stated Addison Ferrell, Director of Skyports Infrastructure, which is an organization owned by Superior Air Mobility. Skyports develops and operates touchdown infrastructure for electrical air taxis and drones.
Picture: Corporación America Airports.
Latin America – a area suited to eVTOL actions?
The Latin American area is likely to be among the best on the planet for the event of city air mobility by eVTOLs. The businesses main this development have positively put some eggs within the area’s basket. In the previous couple of years, EVE, an Embraer firm, and Flapper launched an alliance to develop city air mobility in Latin America. Plus, Flapper might purchase as much as 25 eVTOL plane from EVE.
Final yr, Stephen Fitzpatrick, CEO of Vertical Aerospace, described Sao Paulo as a super metropolis for eVTOL plane, with a inhabitants of over 22 million folks. Many Latin American cities, resembling Mexico Metropolis, Lima, Bogota, and Buenos Aires, even have these traits. “Our eVTOLs will remodel how we journey round excessive inhabitants density cities which might be clogged with visitors by taking to the skies with zero-emission plane.”
The following 5 years are key
Corporación América Airports stated the subsequent 5 years will be decisive for the development of urban air mobility worldwide. Aviation will play a number one position in defining this. Nonetheless, earlier than an city air mobility ecosystem can absolutely develop, it wants floor infrastructures and operations, airports, and the combination of various transportation modes.
Earlier this yr, Dómhnal Slattery, CEO of Avolon, stated that the dimensions of the corporate’s ambition is mirrored within the partnerships it’s signing with a number of the main transportation and airport operators in Latin America. Corporación América signed an alliance with Avolon in June 2022. “Our goal is to ship the infrastructure necessities to convey zero emissions journey to Brazil (and the area) mid this decade and revolutionize air journey within the area,” Slattery added.
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