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Air taxis could start flying in the UK as soon as 2025 if they receive regulatory approval

DEALS | Flying taxi startup lands $23m

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Karl Tomusk

Skyports, the company behind air taxi infrastructure in cities like London and Paris, has completed a Series B funding round with backing from investors around the world.

Securing $23m in new capital, Skyports said it will accelerate its work with leading electric air taxi manufacturers and operators, providing take-off and landing infrastructure in key markets.

Ongoing projects include the £7bn Brent Cross regeneration in London where it is working with Argent Related and Barnet Council to introduce commercial passenger flights as early as 2025.

Meanwhile, in Paris Skyports has plans to develop Europe’s first ‘vertiport’ for electric vehicle take-off and landing aircraft in time for the 2024 Olympics.

The startup has also struck deals to develop advanced air mobility globally, including in Japan, Malaysia and the Americas.

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Each of the startup’s existing institutional shareholders participated in the latest round, including Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures, Groupe ADP, Solar Ventus, Irelandia and Levitate Capital.

Other investors included Japanese conglomerate Kanematsu Corporation, industrial developer Goodman Group, Italian airport platform 2i Aeroporti – backed by Ardian’s Infrastructure Fund and F2i Italian Infrastructure Fund – and US based VC firm GreenPoint.

Duncan Walker, CEO of Skyports, said “This is another great milestone for Skyports as we continue our journey to be the leading vertiport owner and operator in the world.

“The support of our original investors who have deep experience in aviation and infrastructure and the addition of new capital from world class companies with a global footprint enables us to build the air taxi ecosystem alongside our best-in-class vehicle partners for initial operations within a couple of years.

“Our growing drone services business puts us ahead of the curve with technology development, regulation and operational experience whilst reducing carbon emissions by using drones for a broad range of customers.”


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