The landing site will float on the Seine near the Austerlitz railway station in southeast Paris.

Paris, France:

The French government on Tuesday approved the construction of a floating landing pad on the Seine River for flying taxis during the Paris Olympics.

An official decree said the pad “can be used until December 31, 2024” after months of impasse over taking taxis into the air during the July 26-August 11 games.

The landing site will float on the Seine near the Austerlitz railway station in southeast Paris.

The order states that flights will be limited to two per hour, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and not more than 900 throughout the trial period “given the experimental nature” of the vehicles.

Private firms involved in the flying taxi project include Paris airport operator ADP and Germany-based Volocopter.

Its “Volocity” two-seaters are mounted on a circular frame above the fuselage with 18 electrically powered rotors.

They hope to use the global draw of the Olympics to demonstrate that the technology can effectively connect “vertiport” takeoff and landing sites.

While four vertiports — airports for vertical take-off and landing vehicles — have already been established in the suburbs of Paris, including one at Charles de Gaulle Airport, the Austerlitz site in the city Inside will be the first place.

Backers tout flying taxis as a low-carbon form of aviation and hope that larger versions could be used as ambulances or in other roles in the future.

But many Paris city officials have scoffed at the plans, calling them environmentally damaging.

France’s National Environment Authority found that impact assessments for the landing pad were “incomplete”, including noise pollution, energy consumption and greenhouse emissions.

Nor are taxis certified by the European Union’s Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) — meaning operators can only offer free demonstration flights during the Games.

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