Skyports has raised USD23 million in the first close of its Series B funding round. The money from a combination of new and existing investors, will enable Skyports to consolidate its position as a global leader in the advanced air mobility infrastructure and drone operations markets, reports a press release.
Existing institutional shareholders participated including Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures, Groupe ADP, Irelandia and Levitate. These investors were joined by Kanematsu Corporation, Goodman Group, 2i Aeroporti and F2i Italian Infrastructure Fund as well as US based VC firm GreenPoint.
Kanematsu Corporation is to take a seat on the Skyports board and will be joined by Ken Allen, CEO of DHL eCommerce who joins as an independent non-executive director.
This new capital enables Skyports to accelerate its important work with eVTOL manufacturers and operators, providing vertiport infrastructure in key launch markets. Skyports will also materially scale its drone services operations in new and existing markets, building on active ones in the UK, Europe and Asia.
Duncan Walker, CEO of Skyports, commented, “The support of our original investors and the addition of new capital from other companies enables us to build the air taxi infrastructure for initial operations within a couple of years.”
He continued, “Our growing drone services business puts us ahead of the curve with technology development, regulation and operational experience, whilst reducing carbon emissions by using drones for a broad range of customers.”
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