CORMEILLES VEXIN: “Flying taxis” will start taking off from an aerodrome north of Paris as soon as next June, operators said, in a trial ahead of a vast tourist influx expected for the 2024 Olympics.

The experiment will take place at an aerodrome some 90 minutes northwest of the French capital by car, according to a joint announcement by the Ile-de-France region, airports operator Groupe ADP and the RATP public transport agency.

A drone-like, fully-electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (VTOL), dubbed VoloCity and produced by German company Volocopter, was chosen for the innovative trial with flying taxis in a peri-urban area, they said.

Published in Dawn, October 1st, 2020