Paris Plans to Have Flying Taxis ‘in Time for 2024 Olympics’

Visitors to Paris may soon be able to arrive in the city center in style, traveling by flying taxi.

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is working with French transport operator RATP Group to explore the feasibility of “vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles” to operate in the French capital, hoping to bring the air taxis to Paris in time for the 2024 Olympic Games.

The feasibility study, launched in partnership with airport operator Groupe ADP, the Paris Ile-de-France region and the French civil aviation authority (DGAC), will look into traffic management, urban integration, maintenance, and design and production.

To get to the city center, visitors arriving at Charles de Gaulle International Airport currently have to take a taxi, a 35-minute train, or a bus that could take between 45 and 90 minutes.

$11.4 million project

Efforts will be made to ensure that “the flying autonomous vehicle is accessible to the greatest number of people,” the RATP group said.

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SOURCE: CNN, Amy Woodyatt