Australian vertiport developer Skyportz has released images for riverfront vertiport concepts on the Brisbane River

With the Olympic Games set to be hosted by Brisbane in 2032, and strong support from all levels of the Australian government to develop advanced air mobility, the region is shaping up as an Australian launch market for air taxis, according to Skyportz.

“At Skyportz we believe that the lowest hanging fruit for retrofitting vertiports into urban areas are natural aviation corridors such as rivers,” said CEO Clem Newton-Brown.

“While there are a small number of cities around the world that have developed rooftop helipads, they are not the easiest places to safely land aircraft. There are usually better options, particularly in waterfront cities.”

“We keep coming back to waterfront locations as being the safest and most logical place to instal new vertiports in large cities when it comes to turbulence”, he added.

Skyportz has been working with former Australian Scientist of the Year Abdulghani Mohamed on wind and turbulence modelling in cities and trialling specific sites.

The new vertiport designs were produced with Contreras Earl Architecture, in collaboration with UK firms Pascall+Watson and Minmud.

Rivers act as natural aviation corridors
Rivers act as natural aviation corridors Skyportz