Volocopter sets sights on Italy 

Service is expected to reduce congestion of urban traffic and CO2 emissions
UTC / November 2, 2021
By Ben Spencer
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Volocopter service will connect the international hub “Leonardo da Vinci” with various places in Rome (© Nikolay Kazakov for Volocopter, Atlantia and Aerporti di Roma)

Volocotper is working with infrastructures' holding company Atlantia and airport operator Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) to bring electric air taxis to the Italian city of Rome. 

The partners will raise public awareness about urban air mobility (UAM) with the aim of bringing the technology to Italy within the next 2-3 years. 

Specifically, the new service will connect the international hub “Leonardo da Vinci” with various places in Rome, through vertical airports.

Volocopter says this will allow to travel in comfort and quality, reducing greatly both the congestion of urban traffic and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, as the 18 engines of VoloCity taxi operate in electric mode.

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

Atlantia CEO Carlo Bertazzo says: “As Atlantia, we will continue to support the diffusion of Urban Air Mobility in our international hub in Rome and in our airport system of Nizza, Cannes and Saint Tropez, proud to be developing a new transport technology that we can then export to our other European airports, as well as on a global scale.”

ADR is setting out to be net-zero by 2030, and is committed to the development of vertical airports, and more generally, to the rapid spread of UAM. Atlantia is the main shareholder of ADR and Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur and has recently invested in Volocopter. 

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