Singapore: Singapore Airlines (SIA) plans to start flights to nowhere for flyers who have been missing the experience of flying lately. Singapore Airlines’ no-destination flights, which will begin by the end of October, will depart and arrive at the same airport, The Straits Times quoted sources as saying.
These flights will depart from and land in the Changi Airport. This is aimed at boosting revenues for the airline.
It is worth mentioning that the aviation sector has been one of the worst-hit sectors due to lockdowns which had been imposed across the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a recent report by Reuters, the airline plans to cut 4,300 positions, or around 20 percent of its staff, as the business has taken a hit due to the coronavirus outbreak.
More interestingly, Singapore Airlines isn’t the first to offer trips whose destination is the airport from which it departed. Last month, Japan’s ANA Holdings Inc. sold tickets for a charter flight to nowhere, while two Taiwan carriers launched similar campaigns — Starlux Airlines introduced a “pretending to go abroad” journey and EVA Airways Corp. filled all 309 seats on a special Father’s Day flight.
The carrier is also exploring a partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board under which passengers will be allowed to pay for such flights partially with tourism credits.
The flight will depart from Jewel Changi Airport and return to the same after staying in the air for around three hours, as per the report.
The report comes in the wake of a survey conducted by aircraft charter firm Singapore Air Charter. In the survey of 308 people, 75 percent were willing to pay for flights to nowhere.
Sixty percent of respondents also said they would prefer the duration of the flight to be around two hours.