Uber's first air-travel market outside of the United States will be Melbourne, Australia (UBER)

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  • Uber will
    launch passenger air services in Melbourne, Australia, the company
    said Tuesday.
  • The city will be the third, after Dallas, Texas, and
    Los Angeles, California, in the US, to get the pilot
    projects.
  • Uber also unveiled its first passenger drone prototypes
    at a conference this week.
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    .
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WASHINGTON, DC — Uber’s first air-travel market outside of the
United States will be in Melbourne, Australia, the company
announced Tuesday.

Test flights will begin in 2020 with commercial operations
happening by 2023, the company said. Melbourne will be the first
international city to join Dallas, Texas, and Los Angeles,
California, as pilot cities.

“Australian governments have adopted a forward-looking approach
to ridesharing and future transport technology,” Susan Anderson,
Uber’s general manager for Australia, New Zealand, and North Asia,
said in a press release.

“This, coupled with 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.”

Uber is touting the urban air mobility offering as a way to help
alleviate traffic congestion, which it estimates costs the country
$16.5 billion annually. By 2030, Uber says, that cost could hit $30
billion.

“As major cities grow, the heavy reliance on private car
ownership will not be sustainable,” Eric Allison, head of Uber
Elevate, said in a press release. “Uber Air holds enormous
potential to help reduce road congestion. 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.”

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Uber's first air-travel market outside of the United States will be Melbourne, Australia (UBER)