Switzerland’s National Rail service is considering plans to incorporate air passenger taxis to its offering.
It is reportedly in talks with Lilium, a Germany-based UAV VTOL firm, to develop air taxis to transport customers from rail stations to destinations.
According to reports from Swiss news outlet, SonntagsZeitung, a prototype flying vehicle that can carry as many as five passengers already exists and talks have begun.
Speaking to the newspaper, Raffael Hirt, a spokesman for the Swiss rail service, said: “The rail service and the airline taxi company Lilium are currently engaged in talks on cooperation. The parties have already signed a letter of intent.
The exact role the SBB could play in the joint venture has not yet been determined and the rail service could be a marketer of the air taxi service or a co-operator of the flight operations.
Despite the seemingly positive plans, the news has been met with some opposition.
Swiss People’s Party politician and director of public works, transport and energy to the Executive Council of the Canton of Bern, Christoph Neuhaus, said “SBB, as a public service company for rail transport, should solve major problems by rail instead of jumping into utopian air traffic plans. ”