First air taxi flights to S’pore to take a scenic route around Marina Bay if approved

SINGAPORE — Tourists looking for a new way to take in the sights of the Marina Bay area may be able to do so from the air if a proposed route for the first commercial air taxi flights here wins approval authorities.

The proposed 12km-long flight, operated by air taxi pioneer Volocopter, is expected to be ready for launch in early to mid-2024, hiring key personnel like pilots, engineers and flight crew. service to begin by the end of 2023 at the latest, Volocopter chief commercial officer Christian Bauer said on Tuesday (July 12).

Bauer spoke to reporters during a tour of a recently launched public exhibition at ITE College Central in Ang Mo Kio, which will feature a scale model of Volocopter’s VoloCity all-electric city air taxi.

The all-electric aircraft has a range of 35 km and a speed of 90 km/h, and is an expression of the German company’s longer-term vision for urban air mobility in Singapore.

If all goes according to plan, Volocopter’s maiden flight here will take passengers from a take-off and landing area at Marina South to the Marina Reservoir, via the Marina Dam and the Benjamin Sheares Bridge. at an altitude of 100 to 150 m, before looping around the Tanjong Rhu region and returning to Marina South.

The journey will take about 15 minutes and route studies have already been carried out, Bauer said, adding that the proposed route is in the “final approval stage”.

“Why a sightseeing flight? Because to be completely transparent, Singapore doesn’t have a problem with ground congestion, but you have around 20 million visitors a year who want to have an emotion, an experience. We think such a breathtaking sightseeing excursion would be a great way to start,” he added.

Mr Bauer said Volocopter was also in discussions with authorities about the location of its first VoloPort, from where the air taxi will take off and land.

“In all honesty, the devil is in the details. We also need to get approval from all ministries for this,” he said.

Volocopter air taxis look like small helicopters with multiple mini rotor blades. These electric planes have been touted as a safer, quieter, more convenient, and more environmentally friendly means of transportation.

They will take off and land on vertiports – named after how the plane takes off and lands vertically.

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