Tampa International Airport breaks ground in the skies

It’s the first time an air taxi has been tested in Florida.

The air taxi sits outside Volocopter HQ. It is a white vehicle and resembles a two person drone.

Could this be the future of travel?

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s a taxi.

Crowds gathered at Tampa International Airport last week to watch the Sunshine State’s first electric air taxi test. The innovative technology could change the way we get around for good, so we rounded up some information to keep you in the loop and ahead of the curve:

  • German-based urban air mobility company Volocopter built the craft called “Volocity” which is described as all-electric and zero-emission.
  • The vehicle can carry two people (pilot + passenger), but the company hopes to expand to four- and five-person air taxis in the future.
  • Flights are designed to be short- to mid-range, and carry people or goods within urban environments + metropolitan areas.
  • Flights are expected to cost between $3-$5 per mile.
  • TPA CEO Joe Lopano hopes Tampa Bay area residents will be able to use them by the end of 2025, or as soon as Volocopter gets FAA approval.
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