Skyports, the world-leading owner and operator of vertiport infrastructure for the advanced air mobility (AAM) industry, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Brent Cross South Limited Partnership, a joint venture between Argent Related and Barnet Council, to develop a passenger air taxi vertiport at Brent Cross Town.
Brent Cross Town, a 180-acre development in north west London which is being regenerated as a new £7 billion mixed-use park town for the capital, was selected as a prospective location for the vertiport due to its outstanding connectivity into central London. A vertiport at Brent Cross Town will create the opportunity for electric passenger air taxi services between this and other Skyports vertiports in and around London and the rest of the UK.
Supported by Skyports’ investment and modular infrastructure design which enables rapid construction, an interim vertiport could be built at Brent Cross Town as early as 2024, with a permanent location constructed during the development phases of Brent Cross Town.
Duncan Walker, CEO of Skyports, said: “This exciting project is a sign of huge progress within the industry. The very fact that vertiports are being planned for construction in mixed-use neighbourhoods such as Brent Cross Town demonstrates the direction in which the industry is moving and the increasing confidence in its success. Our in-house team of airport planners, regulatory experts, airspace experts, software and hardware developers remains completely focussed on vertiports which are safe, practical and in locations which will make a positive impact on daily life”.
André Gibbs, Partner at Argent Related said: “We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Skyports to provide a vertiport at Brent Cross Town and demonstrates our approach to future proof transport infrastructure. The vertiport would strengthen transport connections into and out of central London and would complement the new train station, the existing tube links, comprehensive road connectivity and cycleways.”
As specialists in the planning and construction of vertiport infrastructure, Skyports will work with Brent Cross Town to share market insights and developments in the AAM industry, undertake due diligence on the site and engage with external regulatory bodies such as the UK Civil Aviation Authority and local government to obtain relevant permissions.
The Brent Cross Town team together with Barnet Council will provide the essential local knowledge to allow plans to progress, as well as lead introductions with local stakeholders and contractors, and facilitate access to enable Skyports to undertake any preliminary investigative works.
Skyports is a leading enabler of advanced air mobility (AAM) and provides the critical link between the ground and the sky. The company designs, builds and operates take-off and landing infrastructure for air taxis, and partners with electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) passenger and cargo vehicle manufacturers around the world to enable safe and efficient flight operations within urban and suburban environments.
Skyports also provides drone delivery through its logistics arm, Delivery by Skyports, which is already proving the viability of the company’s best-in-class unmanned systems technologies within the medical, e-commerce and logistics sectors. This technology will be essential to the success of the wider Skyports air taxi infrastructure solution.
Based in London, United Kingdom, Skyports has projects operating in multiple continents, including in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and Africa. Skyports investors include Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures, Groupe ADP, Irelandia Aviation and Levitate Capital.
Find out more at: www.skyports.net