Leeds Bradford Airport teams with Urban-Air Port for aerial vehicle hub

By Charlotte Turner |

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) and UK-based start-up, Urban-Air Port are collaboratively developing a new unmanned and manned aerial vehicle hub.

 

Urban-Air Port (UAP) will be working with LBA to develop an off-grid, hydrogen-powered infrastructure hub at the airport.

 

The main role of the site at LBA will be to provide a space for the command, charging and loading of logistics drones, providing safe and secure infrastructure to support drone delivery services in the Leeds City Region in the near future.

 

Within the scope of the agreement between LBA and Urban-Air Port, there is also capacity for Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicle storage and charging.

 

The main role of the site at LBA will be to provide a space for the command, charging and loading of logistics drones, providing safe and secure infrastructure to support drone delivery services. Source: LBA website.

The main role of the site at LBA will be to provide a space for the command, charging and loading of logistics drones, providing safe and secure infrastructure to support drone delivery services. Source: LBA website.

 

Ricky Sandhu, Urban-Air Port’s founder and CEO.

Ricky Sandhu, Urban-Air Port’s founder and CEO.

REDUCING CONGESTION AND IMPROVING SUSTAINABILITY OF TRAVEL

Urban-Air Port aims to reduce congestion in busy cities and create sustainable logistics solutions throughout the UK.

 

Charles Johnson, Head of Planning Development at LBA said: “This collaboration signifies an exciting development for the airport and highlights the ability of Yorkshire to lead on innovative infrastructure solutions.

 

“It’s fantastic to see how aviation and its partner industries are developing new technologies that will be essential to our future. I am looking forward to seeing how the project develops, as we continue to act as a key hub for connectivity in the UK.

 

Ricky Sandhu, Urban-Air Port’s founder and CEO (left) added: “In putting this agreement with LBA in place, we are getting ahead of the curve for the next wave of logistics and infrastructure.

 

‘RAPIDLY DEPLOYABLE’

“We are looking forward to developing an ultra-compact, rapidly deployable, multi-functional operations hub with facilities for vehicles providing aircraft command and control, charging/refuelling, cargo, and passenger loading. This will result in a future with less vehicles on our road and more sustainable cities.”

 

Urban-Air Port has begun building its first Air One vertiport for passenger air taxis and logistics drones at a site in Coventry, which will be officially opened at an event on 25 April 2022.

UAP's Ricky Sandhu and Keith Hunter took part in a panel session to unveil exclusive details about the company's plans at the inaugural TR Consumer Forum which took place in London last year.

UAP’s Ricky Sandhu and Keith Hunter took part in a panel session to unveil exclusive details about the company’s plans at the inaugural TR Consumer Forum which took place in London last year.

The Americas

Details emerge of JFK T1 commercial programme and duty free tender

Qualified travel retail operators are being invited to participate in a request for proposals...

Europe

Mondelez WTR launches Win a Diamond pop-up with Lagardère at CDG

Mondelez World Travel Retail (WTR) has unveiled an enhanced iteration of its Win a Diamond...

Middle East

JEDCO launches multi-category tenders at KAIA T1

Jeddah Airports Company (JEDCO KSA) has issued a request for proposals for several...

image description

In the Magazine

TRBusiness Magazine is free to access. Read the latest issue now.

E-mail this link to a friend