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Hong Kong: Start-up aims to launch “one of the first passenger drone services in the world”

By Chris Stonor

Start-up, Seaplane Hong Kong, aims to become “one of the first cities in the world to launch a passenger drone service,” reports The company’s services are to connect the Kwun Tong business district with the Tseung Kwan O new town. Commute time will be shortened to between 5 and 8 minutes and the one-way fare, during non-peak hours, could be as little as USD25.

Seaplane also aims to provide an aerial sightseeing service, around the Hong Kong Greater Bay Area. The company believes the development of such emerging markets, like the Greater Bay Area, has great potential for Hong Kong’s overall economic and tourism development.

NASA estimates the passenger drone industry is expected to reach USD16 billion by 2027, with a compound annual growth rate of 26 percent. There are currently 9,700 registered companies in the world looking at the introduction of UAM passenger drones, with Seaplane “to be the first in Hong Kong.”

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