For most non-Brits who’ve heard of it, the West Midlands city Coventry is known as the birthplace of legendary ska band The Specials. Now, however, Coventry is gunning for a more up-to-date distinction: Home of the world’s first flying taxi and delivery drone airport.

Boosting UK urban air mobility activity

The project to build Coventry’s Air-One transport drone hub received a major boost this week when several influential actors – including the UK government – threw additional weight behind the effort. In doing so, they hope to thrust the country to the head of the global pack in urban air mobility activities.

The is the hub intended to demonstrate the ways increased urban air mobility for passengers and cargo can resolve worsening ground traffic congestion in an environmentally friendly manner — and generates new jobs to boot. NASA has said the nascent activity has a total available market value of $500 billion in the US alone.

In addition to its earlier $1.6…