Ferrovial Airports has appointed two more veterans of the aviation world to develop business opportunities in the fledgling field of ‘vertiports’, which are conceived as stations for electrically powered vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.
The company believes this transport mode – sometimes referred to as “flying taxis” – could emerge as a safe, affordable, fast, zero-carbon transit alternative. It says vertiports can be intermodal centres integrated into the urban landscape.
Last year, Ferrovial revealed ambitions to develop 10 vertiports in Florida, 25 in the UK, and 20 in Spain.
In October last year, the company appointed Kevin Cox, formerly an executive at Dallas Fort Worth International, as chief executive of the new business.
Now it has appointed Bob Montgomery as head of vertiports business development and Brad Miller as vertiports managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Montgomery spent most of his career at Southwest Airlines, where he held various executive positions, including VP of Airport Affairs. He also served on the Oversight Committee for the Airport Cooperative Research Program (the ACRP) at the request of the US Secretary of Transportation.
Brad Miller was formerly transformation director at Manchester Airports Group (MAG) in the UK and chief operating officer at London Stansted and Manchester airports, with responsibility for major construction and other projects.
“Ferrovial Vertiports has a strong management team thanks to the combination of Ferrovial’s vast experience in airport construction and management and the recent appointments of top-notch talent that will boost our industry knowledge,” said Luke Bugeja, CEO of Ferrovial Airports. “That will enable us to play a key role in the development of the necessary infrastructure for electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft.”
“The appointments of Bob and Brad are decisive steps in our mission to help the industry deliver a fast, affordable, emission-free form of transportation to millions of people,” said Kevin Cox, the new Ferrovial Vertiports chief executive.