‘World’s first’ Urban-Air Port starts construction in Coventry – Coventry City Council

Construction on the ‘world’s first’ Urban-Air Port: Air One has started, in a project that will see Coventry become a testbed for this groundbreaking technology, which plans to revolutionise transport and decarbonise the environment.

Coventry City Council has partnered with British start-up Urban-Air Port Ltd, to showcase Air One, a rapidly deployable Urban-Air Port (a vertiport) that is designed to support Electrical Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) vehicles for passenger air taxis and drone deployment for logistics. As the technology develops, it’s thought Urban-Air Port could support autonomous eVTOLs and drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles).

Its ability to be rapidly constructed means it has the potential to be deployed at pace to areas across the world. Its compact footprint means it could also be deployed in towns and cities, creating a network of connectivity to support the movement of parcels, from household deliveries to medical supplies.

Urban-Air Port has identified the West Midlands as an ideal place to begin developing this network, with Coventry at the centre, as the heart of technology, logistics and infrastructure.

Councillor Jim O’Boyle, cabinet member for jobs, regeneration and climate change, said: “This is yet another way that Coventry is leading the way when it comes to transport innovation. We are right at the front of the green industrial revolution and this is a brilliant world first.

“We’re pleased to be working with our partners at Urban Airport to showcase this breakthrough system, which in the near future could help to boost productivity in our towns and cities as well as supporting climate change efforts by taking vehicles off the roads.

“Any company looking to really innovate in this transport revolution should look to work in Coventry – whether it’s Air One, a Gigafactory or Coventry Very Light Rail, Coventry is the best place, with the best skills to collaborate with. 

“One of the best things about Air One is that local schools will be able to visit, look round, and be inspired for what they can achieve.”

Ricky Sandhu, Founder & Executive Chariman at Urban-Air Port Ltd, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to get Urban-Air Port’s Air One on site – this marks a unique and transformative moment where the UK positions itself as the world’s leading player in advanced air mobility.  Our technology will enable Coventry and other cities around the country and the world to decarbonise by enabling safe adoption of cleaner mobility solutions.  We are grateful to our partners, investors, Coventry City Council and the UK Government for adopting our vision and now making advanced air mobility a viable and sustainable reality.”

Urban Airport Ltd is working with Coventry University’s National Transport Design Centre researching the Air One customer journey, making the urban airport accessible to all, easy to navigate and a pleasure to use. The NTDC uses immersive virtual reality to allow people to experience and contribute to the design of this innovative transport system.

Professor Stewart Birrell, Professor of Human Factors for Future Transport at Coventry University’s National Transport Design Centre, said: “We are delighted to be teaming up with Urban-Air Port and Coventry City Council to help facilitate this hugely exciting and innovative future transport project. The chance to utilise our expertise and research knowledge in user-centred design to help shape this forward-thinking development is one we have relished and the anticipation and excitement will now continue to grow as we watch how the site progresses and comes to life in the coming weeks.”

From 28 April to 15 May, Air One will be open to the public, with tours provided by the Urban-Air Port team. Watch out for updates on the Council’s social media channels and on the Urban-Air Port website.

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