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Flying taxis set to take off on 8 routes at Osaka World Expo

20 flights per hour planned for 2025 event in Japan debut

Flying-taxi operators for the Osaka World Expo will be selected as soon as fiscal 2022. German startup Volocopter is among those looking to start service in Japan with a local partner. (Photo courtesy of Volocopter)

OSAKA -- The 2025 Osaka World Expo looks to establish flying-taxi routes connecting to eight possible destinations, with roughly 20 flights per hour.

The flying cars would connect Yumeshima -- Osaka's artificial island and the site of the World Expo -- to airports and other locations in and around Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto. Officials see the project as Japan's first flying-taxi network for transporting passengers.

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