Once air taxis are operational in UAE skies, the travel time from Dubai to Abu Dhabi could be reduced to 10-20 minutes, with fares ranging from Dh800 to Dh1,500, as per Khaleej Times.

An executive from air taxi company Archer Aviation explained the details of the service in the country, stating that intra-city trips would cost around Dh300 to Dh350, while inter-emirate travel could amount to Dh800 to Dh1,500.

Highlighting the convenience, the official emphasized that the 60- to 90-minute drive from Dubai to Abu Dhabi could be shortened to a mere 10 to 20 minutes with air taxis. Additionally, private air taxis would be available for high-end users.

The company is in the final stages of certification and anticipates launching air taxi services by the end of 2025. It is expected that passengers in the UAE will be able to avail of these services within the next 18 to 24 months, according to Nikhil Goel, the chief commercial officer of Archer Aviation.

In April, Abu Dhabi invested in Archer Aviation's Midnight aircraft and international headquarters establishment in the UAE. The aircraft, designed for four passengers, will operate at altitudes of 500 to 3,000 meters, offering swift urban and remote area flights. Routes for the flying taxis are being coordinated with aviation authorities, leveraging existing helicopter routes and navigation.

Archer Aviation recently partnered with Etihad Aviation Training to recruit and train pilots for their Midnight aircraft. They aim to hire both Emirati and expatriate pilots, with compensation aligned with industry standards for small aircraft commercial pilots.

The company assured that safety measures and certifications for airworthiness would adhere to international aviation standards, equivalent to those for commercial airlines. The aircraft is equipped with independent rotor and propeller operations, ensuring safe landings in emergencies.