Self-flying air taxis planned for Houston-area skies

Sugar Land, Texas entered into a partnership Feb. 21 with Wisk Aero, a Boeing subsidiary, to bring pilotless air taxis to the greater Houston area. Electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft could be flying autonomously from the Sugar Land Regional Airport as soon as 2030, said the city’s deputy director of aviation, Mitch Davies…

Davies said that Wisk identified Houston as a potential service area because of its large size, low access to public transportation and congested roads. Sugar Land Regional Airport is used regularly by Fortune 500 companies, and its aeronautical fuel sales contribute to the city’s budget. The airport’s 2019 master plan aims to develop sites for retail, office, industrial and other uses. The plan also “identified air taxis as a possibility for the future,” Davies said. “So when this opportunity presented itself, we really were immediately interested in partnering with [Wisk].”

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