A report commissioned by the Future Flight challenge at UK Research and Innovation has examined the viability of 20 potential advanced air mobility routes across the UK.
In total 14 electric conventional take-off and landing (eCTOL) aircraft and 6 electric vertical take-off (eVTOL) routes were assessed.
Using a range of data sources and a bespoke AAM demand model, EA Maven determined the number of passengers who could switch from traditional road and rail modes of travel to AAM services based on a range of criteria.
The report found that AAM was indeed economically viable and would provide a significant contribution to the economy, whilst also reducing carbon emissions of travel.
On many of the northern routes the study, authored by electric aviation specialist Darrell Swanson, looked at, there were viable numbers of travellers given the anticipated lower cost of AAM services, such that the economic, environmental, and societal benefits, could be significant.