In the Spanish cities of Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela, flying taxis will have to transport people from 2022. That is what the Spanish aviation authority Enaire says in a press release.
The air taxis are part of the European Horizon 2020 research program. Spain wants to show the rest of Europe how flying taxis can be used effectively.
“We need to bring urban mobility to the third dimension: the air,” said Enaire CEO Ángel Luis Arias at an online press conference. “And we have to do that as effectively and sustainably as possible.”
Enaire has not yet said exactly what taxis are used for the project. Several companies are now making autonomous, flying drones that can transport people.
Similar taxi projects have been started in recent years, including in Germany. The first flying taxi made a test flight there in 2019.