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Spain Announces Flying Taxis in Barcelona as Soon as 2022

Spain News
by Eben Diskin Nov 6, 2020

Ubers and taxis are great, but you still have to contend with traffic to get to your destination. The best way to avoid traffic is to take the air, and Spain is on top of that. Enaire, Spain’s air navigation authority, just announced plans to start launching flying taxis in Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela starting in 2022.

Enaire’s director-general Ángel Luis Arias said in an online conference, “We need to move urban mobility into the third dimension: airspace. And we need to do it as efficiently and sustainably as we can.”

In this case, that means using flying taxis to move people around urban areas.

He went on to say, “Enaire, in its capacity as a public company of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, is willing to fulfill its duties to attract and help any private sector companies or public organisations that are interested in allowing Spain to position itself at the forefront of the development and operation of this new sector.”

Two EU-funded projects are underway to demonstrate the use of air taxis in Europe, the first of which will take place in Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela in 2022. If successful, the air taxis could revolutionize transportation.

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