Tickets for the "nowhere" flight were disassembled in 10 minutes: what kind of trip is this?
Australian airline Qantas has organized a seven-hour scenic flight to nowhere that starts and ends at the same airport due to interstate travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets for this flight were sold out in 10 minutes. Writes about it Fox News.
The unusual flight is set to leave Sydney on October 10 and return the same day with absolutely no stops. The airline promises scenic views of Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef and other destinations for passengers.
A Qantas spokeswoman said shoppers quickly acquired 134 affordable seats at prices ranging from $ 575 to $ 2, depending on seating class. Passengers will travel on wide-body Boeing 765 jets, which are typically used for international long-distance travel.
“This is perhaps the fastest selling flight in Qantas history,” said a spokeswoman for the company. - People clearly lack travel and flight experience. If there is a demand, we will definitely consider the possibility of more of these scenic flights while we all wait for the borders to open. "
Last month, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the airline lost 20% of all jobs over the summer and the COVID-19 pandemic "created the worst trading conditions in 100 years."
Other airlines offered similar sightseeing flights in Asia, according to the Asia-Pacific Airlines Association, as international travel in the region dropped 97,5% due to stricter restrictions.
Airlines in Taiwan and Japan have recently operated similar flights to provide customers with the pleasure of flying and help them deal with plummeting revenues.
Chen Shu Tzu, 44, an engineer from Taipei, signed up for the upcoming Tigerair Taiwan flight, which was to fly out of the city and circle over Jeju Island in South Korea.
Zi said she did this because she hadn't been traveling by air recently, and because the flight, which costs $ 236, includes a one-year round trip voucher from Taiwan to Korea.
“The pandemic is devastating to the travel and airline industries, so I want to help raise the economy and I’m missing flights,” she explained.
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