Dubai hopes to be the city leading the flying taxi future by completing a fully operational flying taxi network by 2026.
The CEO of Skyports, which builds landing infrastructure for these aerial taxis, said Wednesday that he believed the city would be the first in the world to integrate a “fully-developed network” of flying taxis into its public transportation network, per the Khaleej Times, an English-language newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates.
Skyports first announced the plans to build the vertiports — launching pads for these airborne taxis — in February, per a press release on their site. Four landing sites are planned to be built near Dubai International Airport, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Downtown, and Dubai Marina.
“These initial locations will connect four of Dubai’s most popular – and populous – areas, providing high-speed, zero-emissions connectivity,” per Skyports’ press release.
The flying car industry is predicted to be worth $150 billion by 2035, and startups are trying to sell companies and governments on the idea that the tech will cut down on traffic and pollution in major cities. The compact aerial vehicles use electric power, and their propellors are built to be quieter than regular helicopters.
Skyports did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.
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