Factsheet 4: Unlocking the economic potential of regions

Unmanned cargo aircraft and latent economic power
Worldwide, tens of thousands of flights take place every day. However, most flights are between large population centers in Western Europe, North America and East Asia. Many regions in Africa, South America and inner Asia are deprived of the air transport infrastructure that is needed for their economic development. Often, ground  transport infrastructure offers no relief; roads are primitive or inaccessible during certain seasons, and natural barriers hamper the construction of railroads or waterways. Still, some of these regions may have considerable economic potential because of latent demand for local products, availability of raw materials, labor or certain skills, or access to government development funds. For such regions, unmanned cargo aircraft (UCA) offer a means of unlocking their economic potential.

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