The next time you hear an aerial opera company call for a special event, you might want to ask them why they’re not in a more direct position.
The idea is to create a new aerial tram service in the capital.
Operators will fly overhead to transport people and goods between places that are far apart, from the city centre to the countryside, with no need to travel by car.
This will be more cost-effective and faster, say the organisers, and it’s an idea that could save lives and ease congestion in the city.
But, as the organisation behind the service, Nfpa Aerial Operations, points out, it’s also one that could be a drain on local roads.
“It would be a huge logistical challenge to operate such a tram service with no infrastructure,” said Nfapa Aerial Operations co-founder Jörg Scholten in an interview with DW.
“It is also a very expensive and time-consuming undertaking.”
The tram service will be operated by a private company, but Scholsten said it’s already been approved by the National Transport Authority, which will provide funding to the operation.
Nfpas Aerial Operations is hoping to launch the service in 2019.
The team has also received the go-ahead from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which will oversee the operation of all the flights.
It also has the backing of local authorities.
“I hope that we’ll be able to build a partnership with some local authorities that would be able provide the funding and also provide the support,” Scholts told DW.