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The city aims to develop an electric flight taxi route for the 2024 Olympics

France will begin testing electric air taxis in the coming months outside of Paris with the aim of having two dedicated flight routes for passengers to board the ferry at the 2024 Summer Olympics.

According to Aeroports de Paris, one route connects Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget airports, and the other route connects two suburbs southwest of the capital.

Earlier this year, the Pontoise-Cormeille-Ann-Bexin Hub was tested and used as a landing and takeoff zone.

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Aircraft developers such as Volocopter GmbH, Airbus SE, Vertical Aerospace Group Ltd, Lilium NV and Joby Aviation will participate in the project with the French civil aviation authorities. Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing Aircraft (eVTOL) is rapidly emerging as a new transportation market as developers have raised millions of dollars to develop projects for flying electric taxis. Vertical Aerospace in the UK and Volocopter in Germany are one of the European companies competing for orders alongside Lilium.

This move is another addition to planned projects around the world focused on developing and promoting this mobility mode in the city. Infrastructure companies Urban-AirPort and Hyundai Motor Co are also jointly developing flight taxi hubs in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. We aim to open our first site in Coventry, England early next year.

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Earlier reports also shared that Rome is also preparing to welcome flying taxis over the next two years. People can use the facility as the country aims to start its first operation from Rome’s Frumicino Airport in 2024. Volocopter will provide a flight taxi for this, and if the airport authorities agree, you can also take a ride in the city center.

(There is input from Bloomberg)

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