Munich-based sustainable regional air mobility company Lilium is to add Stuttgart airport to its network of southern German electric hubs, alongside Munich and Nuremberg airports. Lilium has already dedicated part of the planned production of its seven seat Lilium Jet for that network.
Separately, the company has planned western German hubs with Cologne/Bonn and Düsseldorf airports as well as a network of 14 locations in Florida, USA. The first passenger flights are expected to take place from 2024 onwards.
Lilium also has a planned strategic alliance with Azul Airlines to build an eVTOL network in Brazil for 2025.
Together with its landing site operators, Lilium has carried out studies on location choice, infrastructure and airspace integration, including use cases and routes. The aim is to offer fully-electric connections for up to six passengers per aircraft. Ticket prices are expected to be comparable to conventional means of transport in the medium term.
Stuttgart airport managing director Dr Arina Freitag says: “We want people in our region to get to their destinations in the best possible way and to have a wide choice of modes of transport. That is why we are developing Stuttgart airport into a hub for sustainable and innovative forms of mobility. The regional and supra-regional high-speed connections with small electric aircraft, such as those planned by Lilium, are a very promising addition to the Stuttgart location.”
Lilium CEO Daniel Wiegand adds: “I am thrilled that my home of Baden-Württemberg is joining the southern German Lilium operating network. Fully-electric and ultra-quiet Lilium Jets will connect passengers from Stuttgart, Munich and Nuremberg more closely with neighbouring cities and regions. Sustainable travel and time savings for all travellers is part of our mission. We see that as the key to transforming mobility.”