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SITA, Skyports Collaborate For AAM Vertiport Testbed

AAM Our Bureau - : Jun 14, 2022 - : 8:34 pm

Skyports, an England-and-Wales registered company in the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) segment has announced a partnership with SITA to provide digital solutions at Skyports’ vertiport locations starting at Cergy-Pontoise Airfield in Paris, France in September 2022.

Skyports is a designer, developer, and operator of vertiports or landing sites for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The company has revealed its plan in November 2021 to open a vertiport testbed in France to demonstrate the full passenger journey, from arrival at the vertiport terminal to eVTOL aircraft departure. 

“Advanced Air Mobility has presented an opportunity to reimagine the entire travel experience, from the vehicles we use and energy sources we rely on, right down to the way passengers book and check-in to flights,” said Duncan Walker, CEO of Skyports. “We are partnering with SITA to move into this next crucial stage in the planning and development of the AAM industry – defining the experience for end-users. Everything we do at Skyports is underpinned by the belief that there is a faster, smarter, more streamlined way to travel. Our work with SITA will demonstrate how that translates to the passenger journey.”

SITA, a multinational IT provider for the air transport industry headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, will apply its expertise in airport technology to the emerging AAM industry to develop bespoke biometric and vertiport technology in line with Skyports’ vision for the passenger experience. The technology being developed through the partnership will be a fundamental component of the future passenger journey through a vertiport. It will demonstrate for the first time how customers will interact with the ecosystem.

“With Skyports, we have the potential to use existing airport technology to totally redesign the passenger journey, with a light-touch process using just your mobile or facial biometric to complete the various steps in the journey,” said Sergio Colella, President of Europe at SITA. “Together we will also work with existing airports to support Advanced Air Mobility solutions in the future.” 

With the plan for the initial launch of commercial AAM services in time for the 2024 Paris Olympics, the partnership between Skyports and SITA aims to highlight the ease with which passengers will be able to navigate the emerging ecosystem.

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