By Sam Bridge
A rotorcraft terminal will be established in Dubai next year in close proximity to the Expo 2020 area
A rotorcraft terminal will be established in Dubai next year in close proximity to the Expo 2020 area, under plans unveiled by Leonardo and Falcon Aviation Services.
The initiative, announced at Dubai Airshow, will meet the growing demands for sustainable and modern vertical lift mobility as well as greater access to urban areas, a statement said.
The new rotorcraft terminal will combine a helipad, a showroom and lounge areas in a single city-based heliport and will support the development of a network of point-to-point connections for both urban transfers and connections between cities.
VIP and charter services users and passengers will be provided with levels of service typically available only in larger private airport facilities far from downtown and urban areas, the statement added.
Operator Falcon Aviation Services will use the terminal to deliver best-in-class helicopter transport services. dubai
Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo CEO, said: “This one of a kind initiative demonstrates that Leonardo, together with its long-established leading partners, is shaping the way we will fly in the next few decades. We’re proud to have joined forces with Falcon Aviation Services on this project in Dubai which will provide unprecedented levels of quality transportation services during a world class event like Expo 2020.”
Sheikha Alyazia Bint Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, chairperson of Falcon Aviation, added: “We’re very excited to be working with Leonardo on this groundbreaking development in sustainable air mobility in Dubai to provide a never-before-seen level of transport service to millions of visitors during the World’s Greatest Show.”
Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, in 2018 Leonardo recorded consolidated revenues of €12.2 billion and invested €1.4 billion in research and development.
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