New Singapore air transport in the works

Electric "Volocopters" earmarked for South-East Asia entry

© Volocopter

Emission-free aircraft capable of transporting up to two passengers on intercity routes have been earmarked to launch in Singapore by 2023.

Germany Urban Air Mobility (UAM) company, Volocopter, has been collaborating with the Economic Development Board of Singapore (EDB) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) for close to two years on a vision to develop sustainable transport within the Lion City.

Volocopter completed an air taxi demonstration flight over Marina Bay in late 2019.

VoloPort © Nikolay Kazakov for Volocopter / Skyports

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Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter said the support of the EDB, CAAS and the Ministry of Transport meant Singapore was the best place in Asia to launch the electric air taxi service.

The first route is expected to be a tourist route over the south of the island, offering views of Marina Bay. Follow-on connections could include cross-border flights.

“Urban Air Mobility is an emerging area within the broader mobility sector, which we have identified as a growth industry for Singapore,” EDB Executive Vice President Tan Kong Hwee said.

“Singapore is an important regional testbed for autonomous cars, electric vehicles, and Urban Air Mobility, including the successful test flight by Volocopter in 2019. We are glad that Volocopter has chosen Singapore to anchor its commercial and R&D [research and development] activities.”

Volocopter 2X interior © Volocopter

Tan Kah Han, Senior Director (Unmanned Systems Group) of CAAS said his company was looking forward to working with Volocopter.

“This gives us the opportunity to co-create regulations and technologies with the industry, facilitating innovation to enable a future mode of transportation for Singapore,” Tan said.

Volocopter air taxis take-off and land vertically. They are designed as an addition to urban mobility and will fly passengers directly and quietly to their destination.

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