Singapore introduces Air Tax Services from Marina Bay to Sentosa & beyond

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Singapore introduces an Air Taxi Service from Marina Bay to Sentosa and planning to expand it to Northern Indonesian island as a cross-border taxi.

World-Class Air Taxi experts Volocopter and Skyports to co-launch commercial air taxi services in Singapore within two years’ time 2022 – 2024, Project begins with frequent flights between Marina Bay and Sentosa Resort islands.

The next stage will expand to include cross-border air taxi trips to Indonesia and Malaysia, possibly flying directly from terminals in areas like Seletar and Changi to cities including Melaka, Batam and Bintan. Batam & Bintan are one of the most famous beach destinations among local Singaporeans belonging to Indonesia.

German Air taxi company Volocopter estimates that an air taxi flight from Changi Airport to Batam would take less than 20 minutes. Currently, those Indonesian islands are linked with Singapore by Ferry Service.

A business traveller going to Ibrahim International Business District in Johor Baru could reach his destination in just 30 minutes, compared with three hours by car.

At the Singapore Airshow on Tuesday (Feb 15), the air taxi companies said the technology is now close to commercial roll-out.

Their blueprints are the first concrete details that have emerged from the urban air mobility industry here since their joint 2019 trial when an electric air taxi took off successfully for a three-minute flight along the Marina Bay waterfront.

English company Skyports pledges to explore building air taxi infrastructure like terminals and facilities for pilot training in Seletar. Another agreement with Volocopter seeks to establish a manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul centre for air taxis in the same area.

Merlion Park, Marina Bay / Image Credit: Anuradha Bernard (myself)

Sentosa is a resort Island in Singapore and probably the most popular leisure hotspot in entire Singapore. Marina Bay is home to iconic Merlion Park & Iconic Marina Bay Sand Hotel which are the most popular photo icon of Singapore. Marina Bay Sand Hotel has the World’s Largest infinity rooftop pool and a World Famous Casino.

Both Sentosa and Marina Bay are popular among High Spending visitors as well. Singapore is an expensive city nation.

Anuradha Bernard at Changi Airport, Singapore

Source: Straits Time

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