The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published a report announcing the arrival of flying taxis and ambulances by 2026: “a new €4.2 billion market and 9,000 jobs will be created”
The future of urban mobility passes through the skies of Europe: EASA is sure of it. The European Aviation Safety Agency has published a report on Urban Air Mobility, the “air transport system for passengers and goods in and around urban environments”. Experts say that it will soon become ‘normal’ for EU citizens to take a flying taxi or air ambulance. In fact, the official text states that “several tests and demos are already underway. It is therefore time for the European Union and national authorities to prepare an advanced regulatory framework capable of kick-starting a new model of urban mobility and transport. The aim is to ensure that Europe can quickly establish itself as a leading market in the world”. EASA also points out that the advent of urban air mobility will lead to the creation of a market worth €4.2 billion with 90000 new jobs in the 27 countries of the Union by 2030.
“Within 5 years, there will be flying taxis and ambulances in Europe”
The main advantage of urban air mobility is speed. We will be able to take off in a taxi to reach the other end of the city in a matter of minutes, or, in the event of illness, receive very fast assistance thanks to real flying ambulances. As well as being fast, the new aircraft would also be more environmentally friendly than conventional fossil-fuel powered transport. Most models for urban air mobility are powered by electricity or renewable energy sources. This would benefit both citizens and the environment, especially as regards air quality in large cities. EASA Director Patrick Ky is confident. “Urban air mobility,” he said during the presentation of the report, “can be implemented in Europe within three to five years, offering new, greener and faster mobility solutions.
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