Mexico City is seen as a priority Latin American/North American market for eVTOL manufacturers.
EHang and its distributor AirMobility have demonstrated the EH216 in 2022 at Talent Land 2022 in Guadalajara. According to Mexico Now Cristina Lara Jiménez, CEO of AirMobility, “informed that there are already important approaches with the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC) to establish the regulations that will allow the introduction and operation of this type of aircraft in Mexico...The company will start with its business model in Mexico and has plans to take it to Central and South America through the validation of Mexican certificates in other countries. It is expected that in 2022 the first test flights will be carried out in Mexico and in 2023 they will start in Costa Rica.”
In August 2021 an EHang vertiport was completed in Tulum, Mexico. Los Amigos, a leading Mexican property developer, posted on Twitter its vertiport “Skyport Tulum” is part of a programme to attract tourism to the area.
Meanwhile, Jaunt Air Mobility has signed a Letter of Intent with the on-demand aviation company Flapper Tecnologia to buy up to 25 Jaunt Journey aircraft to grow Flapper’s on-demand urban air mobility UAM fleet in Latin American markets. Flapper plans to service several key urban markets with the eVTOL aircraft. with Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, Bogota, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro reported to be key Flappa markets.
According to Aviaconline: “Airbus launch of the Voom helicopter seat rental service in Sao Paulo and Mexico City is an important stage in developing UAM services there. Jörg Müller, Head of Urban Air Mobility at Airbus, was quoted: “Paulo and Mexico City were the first regions in Latin America where we tested UAM B2C missions with our start-up at the time called Voom. From 2017 to 2020 we flew over 15 thousand people in those two cities. We were testing Urban Air Mobility here under the existing ecosystem: helicopters, ATC, heliports.”