Regular – Rome Airport Plans to Offer Flying Taxis by 2024

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1. There’s nothing worse than getting off a long flight and then having to sit in traffic on the way to your accommodation. But Rome’s main airport may have a solution to these travel troubles, as it plans to offer passengers the option of traveling into the city in a flying taxi.
2. Volocopter, a German company that makes flying electric vehicles, has partnered with Fiumicino Airport in Italy to make battery-powered flying taxis available to tourists by 2024.

(1)Do you expect flying taxis to become commonplace over the next few decades? Why? Why not?

(2)What’s the easiest way to get from the airport to the city center where you live?

3.The taxis will seat two passengers, and the journey from the airport to the city will take around 15 minutes, said Marco Troncone, CEO of Aeroporti di Roma, the company that manages the airport. This is half an hour shorter than the 45 minutes the journey currently takes by car.

4. Volocopter’s air taxis have been designed to travel up to 35 kilometers with a top speed of 110 kilometers per hour. A ride in one of the taxis will cost around $175, but the price is expected to decrease as the service becomes more popular, Troncone said.

(1)What’s the longest flight you’ve been on? How long did it take you to get to your accommodation afterwards?

(2)Have you been to Rome? If so, what was the highlight of your trip? If not, do you plan to?

(3)What’s the fastest way to get around your town or city?

5. Troncone told Reuters that the battery-powered taxis will not create harmful emissions, making them more environmentally friendly than normal taxis.
6. Volocopter is just one of many companies working on flying taxis. The California company Joby Aviation says it has completed more than 1,000 test flights of its flying taxi, which can seat four passengers and a pilot. According to the company, the vehicle can move at up to 322 kilometers per hour, and travel over 240 kilometers on a single charge.

(1)What are your thoughts on Volocopter’s flying taxis?

(2)Do you have any complaints about public transport where you live?

(3)In your opinion, what’s the most pleasant way to travel? Why do you think so?

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