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Passengers arriving in Rome from 2024 will be able to fly by plane for their taxi ride to the city center, if a project between the company operating its main airport and a German startup starts on schedule. The start-up Volocopter hopes to make Fiumicino airport a pioneer site for the two-seater, rotor and battery-powered air taxi it is developing. Aeroporti di Roma (AdR) CEO Marco Troncone said the journey in one of the craft, which takes off and lands vertically, will take around 15 minutes, compared to 45 minutes or more by car. The initial cost for a ride will be around 150 euros (AU $ 233), a price that is likely to drop as the service becomes more widespread, he said. “The connection will be very fast,” he told Reuters in Fiumicino, where Volocopter was showing a prototype. “It will be a silent journey and (…) the emissions level will be zero.” Volocopter, founded in 2011, hopes to obtain a commercial aviation license from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) within three years and then start operations, said its commercial director Christian Bauer. Rome is considered the third most suitable European city behind Paris – where Volocopter said in June it hoped to have operational service in time for the Olympics – and Berlin for the development of air taxis, a study from the ‘EASA. Associated Australian Press




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