EHang has opened its first urban air mobility (UAM) centre in Europe at the Lleida–Alguaire International Airport in Spain.

The centre is a first-of-its-kind in Europe for unmanned electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. It will enable the integration of eVTOL aircraft operation with airport infrastructure, air traffic management systems, operational procedures, and other information technologies.

The centre is part of a collaboration agreement between EHang and Aeroports de Catalunya in the field of UAM.

EHang’s EH216-S passenger-carrying unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) system will be deployed at EHang’s European UAM centre to gather operational experience and knowledge.

The UAM centre includes a vertiport that is fully compliance with EASA’s design criteria and will be incorporated with the airport terminal, platform, control tower, equipment, procedures and regulations.

Huazhi Hu, founder, chairman and CEO of EHang, stated, “The establishment of EHang’s European UAM centre marks an important step forward in the company’s international development. Through this world-class UAM centre, EHang expects to manifest its strong commitment with the development and deployment of UAM in Europe.

“EHang aims to share our certified and validated technology and operational experience with our partners around the world in the future to make our shared vision for benefiting all of society with safe, autonomous and eco-friendly UAM solutions.”

Marc Sanglas, secretary of mobility and infrastructure of Catalonian Government in Spain, commented, “We are especially proud of the cooperation with EHang, a leading technology company in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles in the world, to whom we are grateful for having chosen our international airport as their first European UAM Center.”

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