There are several activities that you might have stopped doing during these uncertain times. With borders being temporarily closed in some places, flights being expensive, vacation spots closing, and just the overall stress of traveling during the Coronavirus pandemic, flying might have been one of them. But what if there was a way in which these factors didn’t affect your decision to fly?
People in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, and Brunei have started taking “flights to nowhere.” These flights have earned their name because they literally go nowhere. Passengers take off in one airport and after a few hours in the air return to the same one. They have allowed people to experience flying again, observe beautiful sceneries, and also try new things like quality food, and different entertainment in the air. Most importantly, they are also safe. To ensure the health safety of everyone, passengers have their temperatures taken before boarding the plane and are encouraged or required to wear masks.
Proving how eager people are to get on a plane, a Qantas flight sold out only ten minutes after being announced. “So many of our frequent flyers are used to being on a plane every other week and have been telling us they miss the experience of flying as much as the destinations themselves,” said Alan Joyce, chief executive of Qantas Airways. The tickets for this flight cost anywhere between 787 to 3,787 AUD, which is 575 to 2,765 USD.
Flights to nowhere have become very popular, with people asking more for them and airlines adding more to their schedules, you might get to see one at your local airport sometime in the near future. The question is, would you take a flight to nowhere?