Air taxis filling the skies over Florida as ten “Vertiports” go ahead

  • German aviation company Lilium opens 10 air taxi hubs across Florida
  • The hubs will be built by Ferrovial SE, a Spanish infrastructure company
  • The first hub will be built in South Florida and will be operational from 2025
  • Air taxis hold four passengers and a pilot and reach top speeds of 186 miles per hour

The German aviation company Lilium will develop at least 10 hubs in Florida for a fleet of jet-air taxis that will transport passengers and drive them on freeway traffic in order to shorten commuter traffic to a maximum of 15 minutes.

The so-called “Vertiports” are being built by Ferrovial SE, a Spanish transport infrastructure company that will support high-speed, zero-emission and affordable air transport services.

The team plans to lay the foundation stone for the first Vertiport in South Florida. The exact location will be announced in spring 2021.

The companies have signed a framework agreement to set up a network of Vertiports in other locations, and Lilium plans to operate a regional air mobility service by 2025.

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The German aviation company Lilium will develop at least 10 hubs in Florida for a fleet of jet-air taxis

Dr. Remo Gerber, Lilium’s Chief Operating Officer, continues: ‘Our strategy of bringing high-speed rail networks to an entire region comes to life in Florida and Ferrovial is the ideal partner with its unmatched expertise in building and operating airports around the world. ‘

“Almost all 20 million Floridians will live within 30 minutes of our vertiports, and the Sunshine State’s 140 million annual visitors will have a high-speed option to travel to their destinations.”

Lilium first introduced its eVTOL air tax in 2013, but officially presented a functioning aircraft in 2019.

It has two fixed wings and a main wing at the rear and a canard wing at the front, which has been compared to a duck.

The vehicle can accommodate four passengers and a pilot, has a top speed of 186 miles per hour and a range of 186 miles

The vehicle can accommodate four passengers and a pilot, has a top speed of 186 miles per hour and a range of 186 miles.

Lilium notes that the vehicle is capable of changing the revolutions per minute (RPM) and setting the three motors to achieve a precise trajectory – there are 36 motors in total.

The jet is also quieter than a helicopter, making it ideal for traveling over populated areas as it does not disturb residents below.

And the quiet electric motors offer passengers a more comfortable experience, according to the company.

“Almost all 20 million Floridians will live within 30 minutes of our vertiports, and the Sunshine State’s 140 million annual visitors will have a high-speed option to travel to their destinations,” said Dr. Tanner.

“Our strategy of bringing high-speed rail networks to an entire region is coming to life in Florida. Ferrovial is the ideal partner with its unmatched expertise in building and operating airports around the world.”

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The so-called “Vertiports” are being built by Ferrovial SE, a Spanish transport infrastructure company that will support high-speed, zero-emission and affordable air transport services

Ferrovial is well known in transportation infrastructure – the company owns 25 percent of London’s Heathrow Airport and manages three other terminals in the UK.

Rafael Fernandez, Ferrovial’s Director of Innovation, said, “At Ferrovial we are committed to conceiving, designing and building the future of transportation and mobility infrastructures.”

“In this case, we are partnering with Lilium, a leader in this emerging urban air mobility ecosystem, to provide an innovative means of transportation that will shorten distances and improve the quality of life for citizens.”