Innovative Air Mobility for City Transport Ecosystems

How to Integrate Innovative Air Mobility into a City Transport Ecosystem

Innovative Air Mobility (IAM) is set to revolutionise urban transport systems by integrating air mobility solutions such as drones and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicles into the existing infrastructure. The AiRMOUR Project, funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research Programme, has developed a comprehensive guidebook detailing strategies for the successful integration of IAM into urban environments. If you are a town or city planner, this is vital information to understand more about this important topic.

Strategic Integration of Innovative Air Mobility

The guidebook emphasises the need for detailed planning and collaboration across various sectors, including local governments, emergency services, IAM operators, and the public. It outlines a phased integration process into your wider transport strategy:

  • Exploration and planning: Assessing urban needs and potential IAM applications, particularly in emergency medical services (EMSs), which can benefit your citizens through rapid aerial response capabilities.
  • Regulatory and safety frameworks: Establishing clear guidelines and safety protocols, ensuring that UAM operations align with both aviation and urban regulatory standards. From an aviation perspective, the EASA IAM Hub is key source of information. You should also speak to your National Aviation Authority (NAA). For more information, see the Drone Regulatory System page, to help you understand the different roles at EU and national levels.
  • Community engagement and public acceptance: Actively involve your local community through informative campaigns and public consultations to address privacy, noise, and safety concerns effectively. For more information, see the Drone Community Engagement page with Guidelines developed by Wing and Manna.
  • Operational guidelines: The guidebook also provides operational guidelines, emphasising the importance of:
    • Infrastructure development: Building vertiports and ensuring adequate ground support for IAM operations.
    • Technology and cybersecurity: Implementing robust cybersecurity measures to protect IAM operations from digital threats.
    • Environmental considerations: Analysing the environmental impact, including noise and emissions, and integrating sustainable practices into IAM operations. For more information on how to integrate IAM into your sustainability planning, see the Innovative Air Mobility for Sustainability Planning page.

Economic and Social Impacts

IAM has the potential to significantly impact urban economies by reducing transit times, lowering transportation costs, and providing rapid access to critical healthcare services. Socially, IAM can enhance accessibility, reduce urban congestion, and improve the overall quality of urban life.


IAM presents a transformative opportunity for modern cities. However, its success hinges on strategic planning, regulatory rigor, public acceptance, and cross-sector collaboration. The AiRMOUR guidebook serves as a vital resource for cities looking to adopt this innovative technology, ensuring that UAM integration is both efficient and beneficial for urban communities. For a more detailed exploration of UAM integration strategies and to view the full guidebook, download the PDF.