Frankfurt airport develops flying taxi service

The airport is looking for futuristic ways to connect ground infrastructure

The future is now and passengers travelling to Fraport — Frankfurt’s international airport — can soon experience it themselves. The airport has teamed up with Volocopter to develop a new method of transportation — air taxi services.

Frankfurt airport has teamed up with Volocopter to develop infrastructure for air taxi services — Fraport Frankfurt airport develops flying taxi service
Frankfurt airport has teamed up with Volocopter to develop the infrastructure for air taxi services — Fraport

Together, they will come up with concepts for the ground infrastructure required for the futuristic machines to operate.

In the near future, the new Volocopter Ports could link existing urban transportation junctions with one another and provide connections to and from Frankfurt Airport.

“Providing the ideal connection between the city centre and the airport poses a huge challenge for the world’s major cities. Together with Fraport AG, we are excited to pioneer the implementation of an air taxi service at one of Europe’s most important airports,” said Florian Reuter, CEO of Volocopter GmbH.

“We will be tapping into Fraport’s wealth of experience to integrate the Volocopter Service safely and efficiently into the complex array of processes required at a major international airport.”

Fraport has many years of expertise in airport operations — particularly in ground infrastructure, ground handling, and terminal and passenger services.

The airport can also leverage its extensive experience in unmanned flying. Via its FraDrones program, Fraport has already tested various scenarios for using drones for operational purposes.

Fraport has tested various scenarios for using drones through FarDrones program — VanderWolf Images / Shutterstock Frankfurt airport develops flying taxi service Fraport
Fraport has tested various scenarios for using drones through FarDrones program — VanderWolf Images / Shutterstock

Volocopter has already proven that its electrically-powered vertical take-off multicopters meet the requirements of Urban Aerial Mobility in various test flights, most notably in Dubai. Based on drone technology, the Volocopter offers space for two people and thanks to its quiet and zero-emissions flying, it is a suitable urban transport solution.

“Autonomous flying will fundamentally change aviation in the years to come. We want to be the first airport in Europe to harness the potential of electric air taxis in partnership with pioneer Volocopter — for the benefit of our passengers and the Frankfurt / Rhine-Main region,” said Anke Giesen, Fraport’s executive board member for operations.

Frankfurt Airport, Germany’s most important aviation hub with more than 69.5 million passengers last year, offers the ideal conditions for this innovative partnership.