Transnational collaboration to boost urban air transport

1 March 2023
Hamburg, Helsinki and Stockholm launch CITYAM for more sustainable, urban air transport

Hamburg Aviation, the Hamburg Port Authority and the Ministry of Economics have joined forces in the “Preparing Cities For Sustainable Urban Air Mobility" (CITYAM) project, underway from January 2023 to December 2025, to harness the potential of drones for sustainable and intelligent transport. Hamburg, Helsinki and Stockholm and their partners across the Baltic Sea region now hope to come up with strategies, political measures and ways of raising public awareness of UAVs for transport, a press release said Wednesday (February 15, 2023).

Establishing UAVs responsibly

The use of drones in lower urban airspaces requires improved management and planning. To this end, strategies for landing sites and airspace management in cities will be presented during CITYAM. Urban drone operations would then become part of a multimodal transport system. Hopes are now high that the three cites can achieve a responsible and acceptable increase in urban air transport thereby empowering officials and residents.

Ideas to be tested in Hamburg, Helsinki and Stockholm

The proposed solutions will be tested in Hamburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. The project is funded by the Interreg Central Baltic Programme and is being co-ordinated by the Forum Virium Helsink and has already held a launch event. Other partners include the National Land Survey of Finland, Aalto University, Kista Science City, Riga Technical University, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonian Aviation Academy and the cities of Stockholm, Riga, Tartu and Gdansk. Associated partners include the Ministry of Economics in Hamburg.

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