At the first day of the online conference ADW Hybrid, a first batch of fourteen European cities and regions, members of the UAM Initiative Cities Community (UIC2), presented their ‘Manifesto on the Multilevel Governance of the Urban Sky’.
Cities and regions across the European Union see the opportunities of urban air mobility (UAM) services characterised from very-low altitude air traffic with zero emission air vehicles (e.g drones and air taxis). But they also see new tasks and responsibilities, which extend the governance of U-Space down to the level of local and regional authorities. Therefore, this manifesto pleads for explicitly acknowledging the role of cities and regions in the multilevel governance of U-Space and giving them a deciding role as competent authority, along with other pertinent stakeholders, in the governance of U-Space, or UAM, operations in their territories.
Rob Welten, Chairman of Euregio, Netherlands/Germany says: “U-Space will open up a new chapter for cities and regions. The activities in low level airspace are going to interact with the city on the ground, and this brings new opportunities and responsibilities for us cities. With the manifesto, we want to kickstart our collaboration with other aviation and non-aviation authorities and stakeholders to make sure U-Space is going to be a success.”
And Dr. Christian Scharpf, Lord Mayor in the City of Ingolstadt, Germany stated: “In Ingolstadt we welcome UAM as an innovative mobility solution. Whether it is about air taxis or the transportation of medical supplies with drones, it is important that we anticipate and design UAM services that are safe, reliable and fit in with local needs and circumstances. Which is why we support this manifesto.”
Fourteen cities and regions across Europe have already supported the manifesto. As of 1st December 2020, these are Aachen, Amsterdam, Nouvelle Aquitaine, Ingolstadt, Hamburg, Ljubljana, Liège, Malaga, Tampere, Northern Hesse, Oulu, Enschede, Trikala and Metropolis GZM.