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Skyports, Jeju Air to Develop Vertiport in Korea

Our Bureau - : Jun 24, 2024 - : 8:43 pm

Skyports has announced a partnership with Jeju Air Co. to support the deployment of vertiports for air taxi operations in Korea. The agreement was formalised during a signing ceremony in Gimpo City, Korea.

“Korea is an important market for the air mobility industry and a focus for Skyports Infrastructure. Since launching in the country in 2023, we’ve been working extensively with local partners to explore and develop opportunities for industry growth,” said Yun Yuan Tay, Head of the Asia-Pacific region at Skyports.

“Our partnership with Jeju Air brings new expertise and local connections. We’re excited to work together to take AAM to the next level in Korea and develop concrete plans for implementing air taxi services,” he added.

“Through cooperation with Skyports, we will establish business models suitable for the Korean environment and solidify a standardised service system that can be immediately utilised in the commercialisation phase of UAM,” said Park Tae-ha, head of Jeju Air’s UAM Business Task Force.

The collaboration will combine Skyports’ expertise in vertiport infrastructure with Jeju Air’s aviation operations to develop a vertiport network in Korea. The partners will work with government, regulatory, and industry stakeholders to identify the requirements, opportunities, and challenges associated with launching vertiport infrastructure and air taxi services.

Skyports and Jeju Air will jointly develop a network strategy focusing on major metropolitan areas and Jeju Island. This will be followed by due diligence exercises for priority sites in preparation for commercial launch.

The partnership will also explore the commercial viability of air taxi services in Korea. A key outcome will be the creation of a business strategy for the development and operation of advanced air mobility (AAM) infrastructure.

Jeju Air operates 42 aircraft and flies to 47 locations throughout Korea. The company aims to provide “total air mobility service” to customers through emerging airline services in conjunction with urban air mobility.


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