British company Skyports has reportedly said it’s building the world’s first “vertiport” for electric aircraft in Singapore.
Essex-based Skyports said it plans to present the vertical take-off and landing station at Marina Bay during the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress from October 21 to 25.
According to Bloomberg Skyports Managing Director Duncan Walker said, “ Helicopters have been around a long time but they’re not well used, particularly in cities, because they’re noisy, dangerous and polluting. We’re really trying to make it a form of transportation for anybody, not just the extremely wealthy.”
Walker also told Bloomberg that first the industry must win over the public and air safety regulators, and that’s what this month’s demonstration is about. He said that his company built the Voloport in China then took it apart to be re-assembled in Singapore near the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
Bloomberg reports that people attending the conference will be able to tour the building and that it will open to the public on October 25.