Air taxi services will operate on the South Korean Jeju Island by 2025

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The South Korean Jeju Island is a popular tourist destination. To make the island more accessible, South Korean authorities have already issued the use of hybrid fire-fighting drones and cargo drones on the island.

Now, the island aims to increase the number of drone operations on the island, by establishing air taxi services by 2025. The project involves local authorities, South Korean aviation company Kencoa Aerospace, and the Jeju Free International City Development Center (JDC). 

The first route in the island’s planned UAM network will operate air taxis between Jeju International Airport on the central north shore to Moseulpo on its southwest tip; from there, travellers can take short hops to the small islands of Moseulpo, Gapado, and Marado. The third route is a northeastern curve to Seongsan Ilchulbong, also known as Sunrise Peak.

The project also calls for building vertiports to facilitate takeoff and landing of UAM craft, as well as new hotels to accommodate the rising levels of visitors expected by officials involved in Jeju’s air taxi project.

This would allow tourists to hop on the electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft at Jeju airport to directly land at tourist spots and transfer to drone taxis nearby. The time frame would be around 2025.

Kencoa Aerospace Executive Chung Chan-young told The Korean Herald.

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