Vehicles | December 14, 2021 7:00 am

We’re Getting Electric Flying Taxis at the Paris Olympics

Testing will soon be underway

A rendering of electric flying taxis at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport that could come to fruition for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris
A rendering of electric flying taxis at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.
©Groupe ADP

In a little over two and a half years, the Summer Olympics will come to Paris. Organizers recently announced plans for what should be a visually stunning opening ceremony, and the blend of thrilling athletic competition with one of the world’s most iconic cities is decidedly appealing. Then there’s the fact that if you’re planning on attending the 2024 Olympics, you might be able to get around the city via flying taxi.

A new article at Freethink
notes that the city is planning to use electric flying taxis during the Olympics to more easily get competitors and attendees from one venue to another. Testing is set to begin within the coming months.

Groupe ADP (an abbreviation for Aéroports de Paris) announced the plan last month, detailing two potential routes. The first would take passengers between the Issy-les-Moulineaux heliport and the Saint-Cyr airfield, while the second would run between Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget airports.

According to Groupe ADP’s release, 30 manufacturers are involved in the next stage of testing. Once that’s complete, we should have a better idea of what to expect in terms of vehicles and capacity. This could be a bold shift in how some people get around cities; it might also be a temporary maneuver that doesn’t scale outside of special events.

If this does come to fruition, however, we’ll be one step closer to the reality depicted in SNL‘s “Space Olympics.” Here’s hoping we can have electric flying taxis and space swords.