Skyports and CAAP partner to bring vertiports to Latin American
Skyports Infrastructure and private airport operator, Corporación América Airports (CAAP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the development and deployment of vertiports.
As part of the collaboration, Skyports and CAAP will prioritise which sites are suitable for vertiports based on market readiness and opportunity. Location details for prospective vertiports will be confirmed at a later stage, the companies confirmed.
The AAM industry is at an incredibly exciting point in the industry’s development as it takes concrete steps towards implementing a scalable vertiport network, said Addison Ferrell, Director, Skyports Infrastructure. “This partnership will be instrumental to achieving those objectives. Bringing together CAAP’s proven airport leadership and Skyports’ deep expertise of AAM infrastructure will make for a compelling partnership,” according to Ferrell.
CAAP operates 53 airports in six countries across Latin America and Europe. In June 2022, it announced partnerships with Eve and Vertical Aerospace, Avolon, GOL, and Grupo Comporteto to support the introduction of eVTOL operations.
Martin Eurnekian, CEO, CAAP, said: “As a leading airport concession operator, Corporación América Airports continues to build strong partnerships to position itself as an agent of change in the development of the Advance Air Mobility ecosystem. With over 20 years of expertise and operations in six countries across LatAm and Europe, we are firmly committed to continue building the future of this new way of transportation, which will be leaner, faster and more sustainable.”
The agreement with CAAP is not Skyports’ first foray into Latin America. In 2021, its drone operations arm, Skyports Drone Services, launched a beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone logistics operation in Colombia’s regions of La Guajira and Chocó.