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Volocopter to build vertical take-off hub for flying taxis in Singapore

Singapore 'vertiport' will pave the way to test passenger experiences, maintenance, and security of flying taxis

Volo-port is being built by Volocopter and Brandlab
Brandlab
Volo-port is being built by Volocopter and Brandlab

Flying taxi company Volocopter has started construction on its first Volo-Port hub — a landing and operations 'vertiport', or vertical take-off base for flying taxi operations — in Singapore, in partnership with Skyports, which is delivers building and operation services related to critical infrastructure required for urban air mobility and drone deliveries.

Volo-Port will allow for real-life testing of passenger experiences around flying taxis, such as check-ins, lounges, and boarding services.

The vertiport will also allow for the practical testing of ground operations and services, including battery swaps and charging, maintenance, safety, and security, according to a report by Construction Week's sister title Smart Cities Arabia,

A prototype render of Volo-Port was designed by Brandlab, an agency that, in partnership with Graft Architects and Arup, won the Volocopter international tender to produce the design, conceptually aimed at merging with its surroundings and allowing passengers and passers-by to see through the whole structure.

Commenting on the development, Alex Zosel, co-founder of Volocopter, said: “Once regulation comes through on the aviation and city levels — and this will be sooner than most think — we’ll be ready to take off.”

Skyports' managing director, Duncan Walker, added: “We have analysed available spaces and movement dynamics in city centres around the world and acknowledge that infrastructure is a key enabler for this market.”

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