Mr Leon Perera: To ask the Minister for Trade and Industry (a) whether he can provide an update on the proposed flying taxi service since the joint trial in 2019; (b) what is the expected initial capacity for such a service in terms of number of trips per day; and (c) what is the expected number of jobs this industry will create over the next five years.
Written Answer by Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong
1. We have made progress in growing the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) ecosystem in Singapore since Volocopter first flew its prototype Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, or “air taxi” over Marina Bay in 2019. In particular, we are pursuing initiatives in research and development (R&D), commercialisation, manufacturing, and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of eVTOL aircraft. We are also exploring the feasibility of a piloted eVTOL aircraft commercial trial in Singapore. The capacity of such services and the number of jobs created will depend on the specific operating models, which are still under development.