Abu Dhabi Airports & France’s Groupe ADP unite to explore potential of AAM

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Officials from Abu Dhabi Airports & Groupe ADP | Image Courtesy: WAM

Abu Dhabi Airports has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with leading French engineering and operations firm Groupe ADP in order to explore the potential of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in the emirate.

The AAM is a new concept of air transportation that uses electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft to move people and cargo.

Under the terms of the agreement, Abu Dhabi Airports and Groupe ADP will engage in joint planning, design, development, and operation of ground infrastructure for AAM in Abu Dhabi, following engagement with stakeholders, a feasibility study, and market assessment to develop the industry roadmap.

Mr. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said that, “We are excited to partner with industry-leading Groupe ADP to explore the potential of introducing AAM to Abu Dhabi. This agreement is a testament to our commitment to lead the way by collaborating with our partners to deliver innovation and technology that drives efficiency, convenience, and most importantly, sustainability.”

Mr. Philippe Martinet, Managing Director of Groupe ADP Airport Services, commented that, “We are proud to enter this partnership with Abu Dhabi Airports to collaborate on building the AAM roadmap and accelerating the development of the necessary infrastructure in Abu Dhabi.”

“With our extensive experience, we will be supporting Abu Dhabi Airports in laying the ground for AAM service implementation in Abu Dhabi. We look forward to supporting Abu Dhabi Airports with their long-term strategy in innovation and sustainability,” Mr. Martinet further added.

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