Malaysia Airports has signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Skyports, designer and operator of vertiport infrastructure for electric air taxis, and urban air mobility (UAM) company Volocopter. As a first step, the parties will conduct a feasibility study to examine suitable vertiport solutions to enable the safe take-off and landing of passenger eVTOL vehicles, considering factors such as demand, customer flow, and how to integrate UAM operations.
According to a Volocopter press release, the Asia Pacific region is expected to capture around 45% of the advanced air mobility (AAM) market by 2035, translating to USD9.5 billion (USD). The collaboration forms part of the five-year Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang (LTSAAS) Regeneration plan. It will explore the deployment of electric air taxi services at LTSAAS as well as other locations throughout Malaysia, putting the country amongst the leaders in the region in terms of willingness to implement UAM.
Skyports CEO Duncan Walker said: “Malaysia Airports’ ambitions for future proofing Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport and implementing electric air taxi services throughout Malaysia align with Skyports’ ambitions to deliver UAM in the Asia Pacific market. The feasibility study will allow us to explore all the elements needed to create a future air mobility model that could be deployed across the region. Our track record of success with Volocopter combined with a wealth of experience and Malaysia Airports’ objectives, make this an exciting initiative.”
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