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An example of a vertiport

Flying taxis take off in Milan in 2026

Flying taxis take off in Milan in 2026

To coincide with the 2026 Winter Olympics there

The Winter Olympic Games in Beijing are about to begin, however, we already have reasons to look forward to their 2026 edition in Milan and Cortina (Italy), as well. News coming from there indicated that Italy’s economic capital will launch its first flying taxi service at the grand sports event.

This will become possible after the necessary infrastructure has been installed first. And by that, we mean – vertiports. These will be strategically located landing pads that can accommodate the vertical take-off aircraft which will buzz across the city expanse.

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The forward-thinking initiative is likely to become a reality after last autumn SEA, the company that manages Milan’s airports Linate and Malpensa signed an agreement with Skyports, a global leader in the design and management of vertiports.

On the occasion of hosting the next Winter Olympics, Milan wants to show itself off as a city of the future, complete with something that until now we’ve only seen in sci-fi movies. It won’t exactly be flying cars, but it will likely be something even greater – zero-emission electric aircraft, also known as personal air vehicles or PAVs, or eVTOLs (vertical take-off electric vehicles).

The Municipality of Milan, for its part, has undertaken to collaborate to identify the sites in which to build the vertical ports, also considering the interchange between different transport systems (trains, subways), and to evaluate any changes in the urban plan to start the new urban air mobility services. The sites are likely to be located on the roofs of the city’s tallest buildings.

As Milano Today has already reported, the expected cost for a trip from Malpensa Airport to Milan’s central area would cost about 150-160 euros. This would make this kind of service more affordable and take them out of the realm of the ultra-rich.

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