South Korean start-up launches air taxi service for public

A new aviation business from South Korea claims to offer a helicopter taxi service between the airport and Seoul’s Gangnam neighborhood, cutting down on journey time from more than two hours to just 20 minutes.

According to AFP, the “Vonaer” service will run once every hour and a one-way ticket will cost 440,000 won ($320) while the initiative is presently being evaluated.

Additionally, the startup Vonaer is providing statewide charter flights; a trip from Seoul to southern Busan costs 18 million won ($13,000) one way.

“Small air transportation businesses have not taken off in South Korea, and because of this, urban air services are unfamiliar to the public and related infrastructure is lacking,” Chief Executive Shin Min stated on announcing the services.

Furthermore, Min emphasized that the pilots has extensive experience and the helicopters in operation are safe.

A number of other South Korean businesses are attempting to enter the aviation taxi industry in addition to Vonaer.

In an effort to alleviate traffic in the nation, the largest telecom carrier in South Korea, SK Telecom, demonstrated an air taxi last year in partnership with the Californian startup Joby Aviation.

SK Telecom intends to conduct its testing in the upcoming year.

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