The mission: to develop inner city airports and corresponding aircraft that operate regionally between these and conventional airports. The aim is to significantly increase air traffic capacity in a climate-friendly way. The concept was developed in 2016 by twelve students from the Glasgow School of Art together with 25 scientists from Bauhaus Luftfahrt.

The four main drivers of CentAirStation and Citybird are
  • the continuing strong increase in urbanisation,
  • global air traffic growth of around 4.7 per cent per year - a tripling of air traffic by 2040,
  • the strong growth of megacities and the challenge of connecting them efficiently to airports,
  • and the European Commission's "Flightpath 2050" target of transporting 90 per cent of all travellers from door to door within four hours.
Around 100 cities around the world suitable
Bauhaus Luftfahrt analysed available track areas in densely populated cities around the world. These were identified and measured using freely accessible geographical information. This showed that track areas for future CentAirStations would be available in almost 100 cities on all continents. The analysis also revealed that a maximum runway and building length of 650 metres and a maximum runway and building width of 90 metres would be required in each case.