Although in 2021 it is not surprising to talk about a flying taxi, it is still difficult to imagine yourself in such a vehicle. However, Patrick Ky, executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has just made an interesting announcement at a press conference. The latter declares: “I think that the commercial use of flying taxis can start in 2024 or 2025”.
Taking a flying taxi back from the evening like an Uber should therefore be possible from 2024 in the best case. Many companies are working in this direction like Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Ehang, and precisely Uber. Certain markets, particularly in Asia, are particularly ahead. Ehang, the main Chinese manufacturer in this field validated its first test in public almost a year ago. At the same time, Japan can count on companies like Skydrive to make flying cars commonplace by 2023.
A promising market
To return to Europe, EASA explains at the same press conference that the air urban mobility market could reach 4.2 billion on the old continent by 2030. This sector of activity should also create a little less 100,000 jobs. According to EASA estimates, the European market will represent 31% of the world market.
Previously, in the list of the few main manufacturers you will notice that none are European. However, like Volocopter, a German startup, Europe also has talent in this area. Volocopter is counting on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games to launch its aircraft for demonstrations. The Olympics are an excellent showcase to be seen by the whole Earth. In addition, according to Patrick Ky, flying taxis will have evolved considerably by 2024.
A first study surveyed at least 600 people in 6 different cities (Barcelona, Budapest, Hamburg, Milan, Öresund and Paris) to find out more about society’s point of view on this progress. The results obtained are particularly encouraging since 83% of respondents have a positive opinion on urban air mobility, and 71% would even be ready to board a flying taxi. And you ?