AviationScenic tours on air taxis could take off around Marina Bay and Sentosa by 2024 if given the green light.

Hailing a taxi in Singapore? Just look up to the skies

The Marina Bay area may be the first to start operating air taxi rides, followed by Sentosa.
The Marina Bay area may be the first to start operating air taxi rides, followed by Sentosa. Photo Credit: Volocopter

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.

The 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 journey.

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 tourists.

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