Kitty Hawk is already working on an app and technology to allow customers to hail flying taxis like an Uber, but whether Page, Thrun and their team will actually be able to deliver within three years remains to be seen.
The airport company has been in discussions with the American company for some time now, supporting its search for a suitable test space for the autonomous air taxi, known as Cora.
Kitty Hawk, the flying vehicle startup financially backed by Google cofounder Larry Page, has been quietly testing flying taxis in New Zealand. But its achievement will also propel New Zealand to the front of the pack as the first country to even devise a certification process.
Kitty Hawk previously revealed its "Flyer" aircraft, which was more like a hovercraft crossed with a jet ski, and which it intends to sell to individuals in the recreational vehicle market.
The prototype Cora is all-electric, can carry two passengers, and flies between 500 and 3,000 feet above the ground. It has an 11-metre wingspan and operates a single propeller. It can travel at around 110mph, and has a range of around 62 miles. It's been testing the vehicles through a local operator called Zephyr Airworks, and Cora has an "experimental airworthiness certificate" from both New Zealand and U.S. aviation authorities.
"Zephyr Airworks came here because of the ease of doing business in New Zealand, our safety-focused regulatory environment, our culture of ingenuity and our vision for clean technologies and future transport alternatives".
Kitty Hawk is led by Sebastian Thrun, a former Google scientist who worked on the company's self-driving cars and Google Glass.