ENAIRE, the national air navigation manager of Spain, is working on two urban air mobility projects using funds provided by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 project. The first one, called CORUS-XUAM, is led by Eurocontrol, the European organisation for the safety of air navigation, and aims to make cross-border operations of unmanned traffic flying in very-low-level (VLL) airspace easier. The second, AMU-LED, is led by consulting firm Everis.
As part of the efforts to accelerate the urban air mobility industry and to foster public interest and acceptance, ENAIRE is planning to have air taxi demonstration flights in Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela in 2022. Demonstrations in other European countries will be managed by other agencies.
It is necessary to bring urban mobility to the third dimension, to airspace, and to do it in a more efficient and sustainable way. ENAIRE, as a public entity of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, is willing to exercise its responsibility and generate a driving and facilitating effect for private sector companies or interested public bodies to allow Spain to be among the leaders in the development and operation of this new sector.
– Ángel Luis Arias Serrano, General Director of ENAIRE
As of yet it is unknown what the demonstration flights will look like or what aircraft will be used. Last year, Spanish research lab Tecnalia presented a single passenger air taxi prototype.