The European cargo droneport network Dronamics has unveiled the first five airports in its network of cargo droneports. Dronamics plans to operate same-day flights within the network using its proprietary Dronamics “Black Swan” large cargo drones, each with a capacity of 350 kilogrammes and range of up to 2,500 kilometres, reducing time, cost and emissions by up to 80 percent compared to traditional air cargo. The airports are located in in Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Italy, and Sweden.
The five airports include regional leaders in air cargo such as Lige Airport (Belgium), which serves as Alibaba’s European Hub, and Brescia Airport (Italy), the national hub for the Italian postal system, as well as a select number of airports at strategic locations throughout the continent that are on a path to becoming regional air cargo hubs through ambitious investment programs, like Skovde (Sweden), Seinajoki (Finland) and Osijek (Croatia).
As part of the roll-out, Dronamics will base its standardised droneport equipment at each location and will provide same-day domestic and international coverage to the local communities, hiring and training local staff to operate and handle the Dronamics flights. The airports will serve as hubs for new route developments, while enabling new business opportunities for the network’s members, both directly in the form of increased cargo throughput and expanded ground operations, and indirectly in the form of increasing access to the local economy for same-day pan European flights.
The launch of the network happens at a pivotal moment for the drone delivery industry in Europe with the EU’s first unified drone regulations set to kick-in on January 1st, 2021. Dronamics is already preparing for the necessary certification under the new rules, aiming to obtain operational authorisation by the end of 2021 with the first commercial flights of the same-day drone cargo services expected to begin in early 2022.
“The power of logistics to unlock economic value and opportunity is second to none. This is why especially in a post-2020 world, it is increasingly important to ensure same-day shipping is available not just in big cities, but in every community, no matter how small or remote. Now, more than ever before, it’s vital for countries to ensure uninterrupted trade and supply lines with their neighbours no matter what, and our international droneport network will allow just that. We are starting with Europe not just because our 2,500 kilometre range allows us to cover the whole continent in one flight, but also because the EU and EASA have shown remarkable regulatory leadership in the field of air mobility, and we are happy to find such great airport partners who will work with us to pioneer this emerging technology,” said Svilen Rangelov, co-founder and CEO of Dronamics.
The Dronamics European Droneport Network includes private airports and airport groups operating more than 35 airports in 11 European countries, connecting 300 million people with a low-cost same-day cargo service.
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