Malaysia Airports and partners to conduct vertiport feasibility study

The collaboration will form part of a five-year plan for airport regeneration at Subang Airport  

Malaysia Airports, the country’s largest airport operator, has announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Skyports, a designer and operator of vertiport infrastructure, and Volocopter, an eVTOL developer with multicopter and fixed wing designs.  

The MoU will combine the experience of each partner to conduct a feasibility study, examining suitable vertiport solutions to enable safe departure and arrival of passenger eVTOL vehicles while considering factors such as customer flow, demand and how to integrate unmanned arial mobility (UAM) operators. 

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According to Porsche Consulting, the Asia Pacific region is set to capture around 45% of the advanced air mobility market (AAM) by 2035 with the collaboration forming part of the five-year Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang (LTSAAS) regeneration plan. The scheme will explore the deployment of electric air taxi services at the facility as well as other locations throughout Malaysia, enabling the country to become a leader in UAM implementation in the region. 

Dato’ Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh, Malaysia Airports’ Group CEO, said: “Air taxi technology and revolution is the next big thing that we want to see happen in Malaysian aviation. Volocopter and Skyports are both leaders in their respective fields of advanced air mobility and we hope to further futureproof LTSAAS’s position in Asia Pacific by catering to research, assembly, manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) in addition to air taxi operations. Our objective is to provide end to end, mid to high value capabilities and solutions that are anchored by top tier operators.” 

Christian Bauer, CCO of Volocopter, said: “The Southeast Asian Market is one of the largest and most interesting ones for UAM due to its geographical layout and dense population. Our feasibility study will help give us insights on demand, customer expectations, and airport integration, which we can apply to other markets in the region. Having expert partners like Skyports and LTSAAS understanding the local needs, is decisive in bringing revolutionary technologies like electric air taxis to new markets.”