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Urban-Air Port collaborate with Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) to develop “new unmanned and manned aerial vehicle hub”

By Chris Stonor 

Urban-Air Port (UAP) is to collaborate with Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) to develop an off-grid, hydrogen-powered infrastructure hub at the airport, reports a press release. The primary role of the site at LBA is to provide a space for the command, charging and loading of logistics drones, offering safe and secure infrastructure to support drone delivery services in the Leeds City Region “in the near future”. Within the scope of the agreement between LBA and UAP, there is a capacity for VTOL craft storage and charging.

Ricky Sandhu, Urban-Air Port’s Founder and Executive Chairman, commented, “We are looking forward to developing an ultra-compact, rapidly deployable, multi-functional operations hub with facilities for vehicles providing aircraft command and control, charging/refuelling, cargo and passenger loading. This will result in a future with less vehicles on our road and more sustainable cities.”

Charles Johnson

Charles Johnson, Head of Planning Development at LBA, added, “This collaboration signifies an exciting development for the airport and highlights the ability of Yorkshire to lead on innovative infrastructure solutions.”

He continued, “It’s fantastic to see how aviation and its partner industries are developing new technologies that will be essential to our future. I am looking forward to seeing how the project develops, as we continue to act as a key hub for connectivity in the UK.”

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(Images: UAP/LBA)

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