There may soon be a new way to travel around the city of love— by flying taxi.

Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is teaming up with French transport operator RATP Group to explore the possibility of “vertical take-off and landing vehicles” to operate in the French capital.

The hope is to bring the air taxis in time for the 2024 Olympic Games.


The group promised efforts will be made to ensure that “the flying autonomous vehicle is accessible to the greatest number of people.”

Airport manager ADP reportedly has until the end of the year to pick a site to develop the vertiport — a facility to host the air taxis near Paris.

The project is estimated to cost around $11.4 million.

Airbus isn’t the only company planning to launch an air taxi service.

Uber has partnered with NASA on its flying taxi program, Elevate, which is expecting commercial trips will be available in 2023.

Rolls-Royce and Boeing have also announced plans for aerial vehicles.

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