Air taxi infrastructure company, Skyportz and property developer Pelligra today announced a partnership to explore jointly developing vertiport networks to attract air taxi and drone delivery services to Australia.
Skyportz says the agreement builds on previous partnerships between the company and other property owners such as Secure Parking which has hundreds of inner city car parking sites. “With the industrial and commercial property portfolio of Pelligra and the Secure Parking inner city car parking garages we can offer a comprehensive network of vertiport sites in any capital city in Australia”, said Newton-Brown.
According to a press release “Pelligra owns the former Holden and Ford manufacturing plants in Victoria and South Australia with plans to develop high tech hubs. “We lost our local car manufacturing industry and I would like to see Australia develop an electric air taxi manufacturing capability. The former car assembly plants would be perfect’, said Pelligra.
“USA based consultancy, Nexa Capital has assessed the potential return on five use cases in cities such as Melbourne to be in excess of AUSD5 billion in the first 20 years of operations. “The key to this industry is breaking the nexus between aviation and existing airports. We need to develop a network of new vertiport sites if the industry is to reach its potential” said Newton-Brown.”
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