Flying Taxis – From Science Fiction to Reality in Paris 2024 Olympic Games

By: | December 10th, 2021

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Paris is set to welcome athletes and sports enthusiasts for the 2024 Olympics. It will be the biggest event ever organized in France.

City says that it plans to use ‘flying taxis’ to shuttle sports fans across Paris during Olympic Games. French officials will soon begin testing electric air taxis at a new test flight center called Pontoise just outside Paris.

The goal is to create two flight paths across the city to avoid traffic congestion on roads during the Olympics Games

The two routes are planned between the Paris-Issy-Les-Moulineaux heliport and the Saint-Cyr airfield. And another one between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget airports and Paris city.

At least 30 manufacturers are expected to test their technologies at the test site

While details around flying taxis are not available, but several large companies will be involved in the tests. Some of these companies include Volocopter, Airbus, Vertical Aerospace and Ascendance, Lilium, and Joby Aviation.

Augustin de Romanet, CEO of Aéroports de Paris, in a statement, said, “Our Pontoise airfield puts together a unique ecosystem around modern air mobility, and the trial platform which we are launching is unprecedented in entire Europe.”

He further added, “It will function as a concrete experiment to explore the field of possibilities of a decarbonized and innovative aviation, and to develop the low altitude aviation market (below 300 meters), which has been largely unexplored until now.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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