A new partnership between three aviation and infrastructure companies will see the development of an eVTOL vertiports network connecting strategic locations in major cities across Florida.
The infrastructure consulting firm, AECOM, and infrastructure operator, Ferrovial, have partnered to design a network of vertiports that will connect strategic locations in major cities across Florida in the U.S.
Vertiports are a key component in enabling innovation in electric aircraft that take off and land vertically (eVTOL) by providing the necessary infrastructure for landing, recharging and departure.
“We are excited to work with Ferrovial on the design of this vertiport network that exemplifies the future of air mobility. It is important for us that the design of the vertiport infrastructure reflects the innovative nature of the eVTOL crafts while creating a warm, welcoming environment,” said Elisabeth Bernitt, Senior Vice President and Managing Principal of AECOM’s Buildings + Places business. “By incorporating flexible and modular elements, our partners will be able to scale the vertiports with growth, permitting an efficient space that allows for future innovation while emphasising the passenger experience.”
Ferrovial is partnering with Lilium in developing the Florida vertiport network. Lilium is an aviation company focused on creating an emissions-free, regional air mobility service. The Ferrovial and AECOM-designed vertiport infrastructure will help to enable a high-speed, environmentally friendly, affordable alternative transport system that will connect Florida’s cities in new, sustainable and more convenient ways.
“We are very happy to continue our long-lasting partnership with AECOM and join forces again in our vision to develop sustainable infrastructure. AECOM’s design capabilities in mobility solutions will help us to transform this revolutionary concept into a life-changing experience for the vertiports users.” said Luis Alvargonzalez, Ferrovial Airports’ Corporate Development Director.
The vertiport infrastructure emphasises sustainability and efficiency, taking advantage of sunlight and natural elements. Noise abatement materials and surfaces are a key feature of the airfield design in order to further reduce the already ultra-low noise emissions from the eVTOL jets. In addition, the terminal buildings at the vertiports will provide a user-friendly passenger experience by enabling touchless processes, quick journeys and a comfortable environment.