Lilium also announced its support for Florida House Bill 981, which proposes the designation of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) as the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) test site for the State of Florida.
Lilium has been a driving force for AAM activity in Florida, announcing with the City of Orlando and Lake Nona the country’s first urban and regional air mobility network in 2020. As the partners engaged in the work to bring the first full-scale eVTOL vertiport to fruition, all parties agreed that the best location would be a vertiport on airport property.
“We are thrilled about the proposed advanced aviation centre at Orlando International Airport and commend Orlando for its dedication and vision to advancing AAM,” said Sebastien Borel, chief commercial officer at Lilium. “Building a vertiport at the major hub airport will ultimately enhance regional mobility by increasing passenger access and connectivity while allowing multiple operators to use the facility and share in the cost.”
The airport city of MCO and Lake Nona will be a pivotal hub for AAM operations in Florida. Situated in the centre of the state, the network is strategically placed to cater to the nearly 80 million annual visitors that the region attracts. The airport city is expected to become a true multimodal hub for all forms of transportation.
Lilium will continue working with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Lake Nona, and the City of Orlando to support this project. The company will also continue working with state officials and the bill sponsors to support the vertiport legislation.