Urban-Air Port and the Urban Air Mobility division of Hyundai Motor Group plan to develop 65 electric urban-air ports worldwide to meet the growing demand for autonomous airborne drones and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) passenger vehicles.

The partnership aims to establish a global network of urban-air ports across the US, UK, EU and Asia Pacific and provide the infrastructure “to unlock clean urban air mobility worldwide”.

Hyundai is developing its own eVTOL vehicle which it plans to enter into service in 2028. In large part its motivation in developing air mobility hubs is the lack of infrastructure remains a major block on market growth.

Urban-Air Port plans to plug this gap with more than 200 electric air mobility hubs worldwide in the next five years.

The collaboration is set to deliver the world’s first fully operational urban-air port – named Air-One – early next year in Coventry, UK.

Ricky Sandhu, founder and executive chairman of Urban-Air Port, said, “The sector is soaring and we know that a future with electric flying vehicles and drones in cities is going to be a reality soon.

“But it can’t happen if we don’t have the infrastructure on the ground and in the air to make it happen. Urban-Air Port will change the way we travel forever – unlocking clean urban air transport for everyone, improving connectivity in congested cities, cutting pollution and boosting productivity.”

Urban-Air Port’s modular hubs are specifically designed for compact environments, supporting any eVTOL or drone vehicle, and with maintenance and charging able to take place on-site.

The ultra-compact off-grid design enables urban-air ports to be located in dense urban areas and remote locations and can be easily moved to alternative sites, as the air-mobility sector develops.

Urban-Air Port is also partnering with hydrogen fuel cell developer AFC Energy to provide zero emission off-grid power. The first roll out of the system will be deployed at Urban-Air Port’s Air One site in Coventry.