Singapore’s SAF push will raise airfares for departing flights

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore’s sustainable air hub blueprint has spelt out plans to implement compulsory sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) usage on flights departing from the city-state from 2026.

This is part of efforts to progressively decarbonise airline operations.

Singapore will implement compulsory SAF usage on flights departing from the country from 2026; Changi Airport in Singapore, pictured

The announcement was made by transport minister Chee Hong Tat at the Changi Aviation Summit on February 19.

Singapore will aim for a one per cent sustainable aviation fuel uplift target in 2026, and three to five per cent by 2030 – subject to “global developments and the wider availability and adoption” of SAF in the next few years, Chee told the press.

As a result, passengers flying from Singapore can expect to pay more for their air tickets due to the fuel levy attached. An economy class ticket from Singapore to Bangkok, Tokyo and London could go up by around S$3 (US$2), S$6, and S$16 respectively.

More details on the implementation will be shared in the near future.

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