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Skyports and SEA Milan Airports to explore vertiports in Italy

Skyports, the U.K.-based owner and operator of vertiport infrastructure for the advanced air mobility (AAM) industry, has announced an agreement with SEA Milan Airports to investigate the possibility of developing and operating a network of vertiports in Italy.

Skyports eVTOL vertiport
Skyports and SEA Milan Airports aim to deploy eVTOL vertiports in Italy in time for the 2026 Winter Olympics. Skyports Image

The announcement follows the release of the Italian roadmap for the adoption of AAM and mirrors the confidence of the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) and the Italian AAM working group that limited or demonstration commercial AAM operations will be in place by the time of the Milano Cortina 2026 Winter Olympics.   

The partners envision starting their deployment of “vehicle-agnostic, scalable, and cost-effective vertiports” in Milan, where SEA manages Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate airports.   

With extensive airport infrastructure and aviation experience, SEA has identified AAM as part of its forward-facing sustainability strategy.  

“Collaborating with Skyports, the global market leader in designing, building, and operating vertiports, will accelerate SEA’s capability to deploy a network of vertiports, starting from greater Milan,” stated Armando Brunini, CEO of SEA Milan Airports.   

The partnership is one of many new working relationships for Skyports, which in the last six months alone has announced agreements with Malaysia Airports and Volocopter to study the possibility of constructing vertiports throughout Malaysia, with Brent Cross South Limited Partnership for the development of a passenger air taxi vertiport at Brent Cross Town in north west London, and with Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions to explore UAM vehicle-vertiport operations in early launch markets in Asia and the Americas.  

Calling SEA Milan the “ideal partner” for delivering on Skyports’ strategy in Italy, Duncan Walker, Skyports’ CEO and founder, said: “I’m really excited about this partnership. Milan is a central business hub for Italy’s northern region which makes it an attractive market for advanced air mobility applications.”  

Walker expressed confidence that Skyports and SEA would have a “number of operational vertiports across Italy by the mid-2020s.” 

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