Travellers who wish to take in Singapore from a bird’s eye view may
soon have more than just the Singapore Flyer to look to, if a proposed
commercial air taxi flight route gets approved by the authorities.
proposed route spans over 12km around the Marina Bay area. If given the
green light, air taxi operator Volocopter will start hiring staff such
as pilots, engineers and service crew in end-2023 to prepare for its
first flight around mid-2024. The air taxi is said to be able to fly
35km non-stop, at a speed of 90km/hr.
On Volocopter’s proposed route, passengers will board the air taxi
from a landing and take-off area in Marina South. They will fly over
Marina Barrage, Benjamin Sheares Bridge, Kallang Basin and Marina
Reservoir before heading back to Marina South. All this while, the air
taxi will be flying at an altitude of 100m to 150m for the 15-minute
Volocopter's COO Christian Bauer says that the proposal of the first
air taxi route is in its final approval stage, and studies on the route
have already been done.
"Why a tourist flight? Because to be quite transparent, Singapore
does not have a congestion problem on the ground, but you have around 20
million visitors per year who want to have excitement, an experience.
We believe such a breathtaking sightseeing excursion would be a
brilliant way to start off," Bauer added.
If the route takes off, this will mark the beginnings of Volocopter’s
longer-term goals to propel urban air mobility in Singapore, with
Sentosa next in the pipeline to offer air taxi flights aimed at