Brazilian next-generation aircraft manufacturer Eve Air Mobility has signed a letter of intent with Swedish vertiport developer Kookiejar with the aim of advancing vertiport operations in Dubai.

The agreement follows Kookiejar’s aim of showcasing Dubai’s first vertiport hub facility at Al Maktoum Airport in Dubai South. The new facility is set to feature eight parking pads and a final approach and take-off area.

According to Eve, this represents its first Urban Air Traffic Management (ATM) deal in Dubai.

The announcement is part of a phased implementation programme in which networks of vertiports are linked via Eve’s Urban ATM system to enable safe and scalable Urban Air Mobility (UAM) operations, with a commercialisation target of 2025-2026.

Urban ATM global business development lead at Eve Air Mobility Rob Weaver emphasised how, through this partnership, they aim to create an efficient vertiport network.

Weaver said: “UAM relies on infrastructure within the lower air space as well as accessible take-off and landing spots—vertiports. Eve’s Urban ATM solution provides an integrated suite of software that will enable an efficient and predictable eVTOL ecosystem.

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“In Dubai, we are looking forward to working with KookieJar as they combine expertise in both ground and air infrastructure to design a flexible, sustainable and reliable vertiport network.”

Eve emphasised that its goal is for eVTOLs to operate seamlessly through both commercial ATM systems and unmanned traffic management systems.

According to Embraer, the advancement of infrastructure and regulation in the future will rely on the two management services to enable autonomous flight.

Kookiejar chief technology officer Wassaf Akhtar added: “By leveraging decades of experience in one of the largest UAM operations of 1,500+ air taxi operations per day in Sao Paulo, the helicopter capital of the world, Eve’s Urban ATM system gives us the edge to integrate our Vertiports here in the UAE and enable ANSPs to increase urban airspace capacity.

This agreement follows previous advancements by Eve, which included the manufacturer signing its first-ever eVTOL ATM agreement in September 2023.

This featured the purchase of Moviation’s ATM solution and represented a positive step forward in terms of UAM regulation.