Vertiport developer Volatus Infrastructure has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Greenport International Airport and Technology Center to build an eVTOL vertiport as part of Greenport's planned 5,426 acre phase one development near Austin, Texas. The vertiport will include Volatus' modularly designed terminal building and landing pad with its vehicle-agnostic charging station. The teams hope to break ground later this year, which would allow the vertiport to be open in early 2024.
“This partnership is revolutionary for the AAM industry,” says Volatus co-founder Grant Fisk. “Greenport is going to set the tone and create standards for the US vertiport market by being one of the first FAA-compliant, fully operational eVTOL vertiports to open.”
“Greenport International Airport and Technology Center is excited to bring the second commercial vertiport in the United States to central Texas and provide the required intelligent infrastructure to support the US AAM industry indefinitely,” adds airport CEO Jim Carpenter.
The first commercial vertiport will be at Bellefonte airport in Pennsylvania; a public use, FAA-compliant eVTOL vertiport with up to eight landing pads, including a charging station at each pad, is expected to be operational later this year.
Central Texas Airport Holdings Inc is developing Greenport International Airport and Technology Center on 5,000 acres in northwest Bastrop County, 17 miles from central Austin in the midst of one of the world's most important and rapidly growing technology and business hubs.
Phase I will consist of the airport, purpose-built on 2,605 acres to accommodate larger business jets and anchor the 2,809 acre Greenport International Technology Center, designed to appeal to businesses flooding into the Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The airport will have a 10,000 ft runway with a planned 2.9 million sq ft of hangar space, nine million sq ft of data centre space and R&D, and small office building space, much of it with 'through the fence' access. The development will also feature a US Customs port of entry.