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Volocopter partners with Aeroporti di Roma and Atlantia to bring eVTOLs to Italy

German eVTOL developer Volocopter is partnering with Atlantia, an infrastructure investment holding company, and Aeroporti di Roma (ADR), the largest airport operator in Italy, to bring its VoloCity eVTOL air taxi to Rome.

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Volocopter’s VoloCity eVTOL air taxi is on display in Italy this week at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport. Nikolay Kazakov Photo

Alongside the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) and ENAV, an Italian company owned by the Ministry of Economy and Finances and managed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the three companies are pushing for sustainable innovation in aviation.

With Atlantia’s support, Aeroporti di Roma and Volocopter will raise public awareness about urban air mobility (UAM), paving the way to bring the VoloCity eVTOL to Italy within the next two to three years. The companies expect the new service will connect the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport with various places in Rome through vertiports.

“We have proven that our aircraft are flying fully scaled. Now, we are focusing on putting the UAM ecosystem in place in several cities like Rome to host our fully electric mobility solutions upon certification,” said Christian Bauer, chief commercial officer of Volocopter.

Rome is one of the first cities in Europe to commit to bringing UAM to their citizens with Volocopter. Initial operations are expected in Rome by 2024, which is also when eVTOL air taxis are expected to debut in France at the Paris Olympic Games. Italy as a whole is targeting large-scale commercial advanced air mobility (AAM) by 2030, according to a recently released roadmap.

“We are proud to contribute to shaping the future in collaboration with Volocopter, one of the most advanced developers for this new type of aircraft and service,” said Marco Troncone, Aeroporti di Roma’s CEO. “This partnership testifies to ADR’s commitment toward sustainability and innovation.”

Volocopter aims to take a holistic approach to UAM by developing a full ecosystem that connects the necessary components to offer electric flight in cities. Volocopter has already partnered with Urban Blue — a company made up of airports in Rome, Venice, Bologna, and France’s Cote d’Azur — to support international development of infrastructure for UAM.

The VoloCity will be exhibited at the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport from Oct. 27 to 30, and the Piazza San Silvestro in Rome from Nov. 2 to 4.

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