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Uber Air Trial Coming To Australia, Won't Cost More Than UberX

Uber Air is coming down under. 

Melbourne was announced by the ride-sharing giant as the first international destination for the service that offers customers flights, instead of car rides between destinations.

The test flights are set to start in Melbourne in 2020 before full-commercial scale operations get underway in 2023.

Flights are set to cost customers the same as an UberX fare over the same distance.

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Uber Air Melbourne
Uber Air is coming to Melbourne. Photo: Uber Air

"...Melbourne’s unique demographic and geospatial factors and culture of innovation and technology makes Melbourne the perfect third launch city for Uber Air. We will see other Australian cities following soon after," Regional General Manager for Uber in Australia, New Zealand and North Asia Susan Anderson said.

With their flight service, Uber says it wants to alleviate transportation congestion on roads by utilising the sky.

Congestion is a major issue in many Australian cities, particularly Sydney and Melbourne. Uber estimates congestion costs Australia $16.5 billion each year and claims their innovation will significantly ease this issue.

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Uber Air Melbourne
The flying service aims to alleviate congestion on Melbourne roads. Photo: Uber Air

"Uber Air holds enormous potential to help reduce road congestion," global head of Uber Elevate Eric Allison said.

"For example, the 19-kilometre journey from the CBD to Melbourne airport can take anywhere from 25 minutes to around an hour by car in peak hour but with Uber Air, this will take around 10 minutes.”

Melbourne joins Dallas and Los Angles in the US as pilot destinations for Uber Air. Uber said their longterm vision for the technology is safe, quiet, electric vehicles transporting people in cities all over the world to their destinations.

Testing for Uber Air will start in Melbourne next year.

Contact Siobhan at skenna@network.com.au