These flying taxis will be operational during the Paris 2024 Olympics
(ETX Daily Up) – On the occasion of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, a first flying taxi experiment will take place in France, on some trips in the surrounding area and in the capital. The idea is to familiarize the public with this new technology which could be democratized in a few years.
The selected project is led by German manufacturer Volocopter and British operator Skyports. It is mainly supported by Groupe ADP, which notably manages the airports of Paris and its region, thanks to which tests have been carried out since 2021, in perfect collaboration with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC).
During the Olympic Games, several “VoloCity” should therefore be made available to both VIPs and the general public, on experimental lines between Roissy and Le Bourget or Le Bourget and the Quai d’Austerlitz in Paris. In a recent interview with France Info, Augustin de Romanet, CEO of the ADP group, estimated the average price of a VoloCity trip to that of a classic taxi. A few thousand tickets should be sold during the event “at very reasonable prices”, he announced, “could be around 110 euros”.
The main advantage of this new type of transport is obviously its speed, as it allows you to travel in urban areas avoiding traffic jams. In this regard, the VoloCity has already successfully flown to Dubai or Singapore.
The idea of Volocopter (and others) is to democratize this new mode of transport, complementary to the already existing ones. These first commercial flights scheduled for 2024 could inspire other major cities around the world to adopt these light electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles.