The government of France is planning to roll out flying taxis for the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris.
This is an unprecedented plan in Europe, which will be to create a vertiport to carry passengers via the electric air taxis during the Olympics and Paralympics.
- American eVTOL manufacturer Joby Aviation will join other companies, including Volocopter, Airbus, Vertical Aerospace, and Ascendance, to conduct tests at a hub site in Pontoise, in the northwestern suburbs of the French capital.
- There are two routes that will take passengers between Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget airports and central Paris. One route takes passengers through the southwestern suburbs of Paris.
France government supports flying taxis
In a statement on Friday, the French State Minister for Transport said the government will support flying taxis and other “innovative” transportation projects. The French state has already provided more than 23 million euros in funding for the development of flying taxis and it is also helping support other innovative transportation projects.
“Everything is falling into place: partnerships, innovation, test areas, regulations, financing… All the ingredients for success are there, all that remains is to make it happen.”
-Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, France’s minister delegate for transport