Skyports, the U.K.-based provider of infrastructure for advanced air mobility (AAM), has announced new partnerships in several different countries, aimed at building its network of eVTOL vertiports and drone delivery centers.
Skyports designs and builds vertiports for eVTOL aircraft and provides a drone delivery service through its logistics arm, Delivery by Skyports. In 2019, the company partnered with German eVTOL developer Volocopter to create a “VoloPort” trial facility in Singapore, the first of its kind.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was announced on June 3 between Skyports and South Korea-based smart technology company Hanwha Systems to establish global AAM capabilities including infrastructure, flight services, and a mobility platform. Hanwha Systems is an investor in Overair, the eVTOL developer spun off in 2019 from Karem Aircraft.
According to a press release, the companies aim to deliver “technological developments which will facilitate a seamless passenger experience and a fast and convenient boarding process” for air taxi operations.
Another partnership was announced between Skyports and three Irish organizations in late May of this year. Future Mobility Campus Ireland (FMCI), Avtrain, and the Shannon Group have signed an MoU to create Ireland’s first passenger and cargo vertiport. The partners aim to launch the vertiport at FMCI’s Shannon Airport location by 2022, with a long-term goal of establishing the country’s first air taxi service and routine beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone operations.
Skyports CEO Duncan Walker said, “This partnership provides a launch pad for Ireland’s advanced air mobility market. To be contributing at this early stage demonstrates the criticality of vertiport infrastructure to the success of the industry. Participating alongside a group of such high caliber organizations puts us in a strong position to kick-start the project, providing the perfect mix of expertise to make our AAM plans a reality.”
The company also recently announced a presence in Japan, partnering with the Kanematsu Corporation to provide passenger and cargo eVTOL infrastructure in the country.