There is such pent-up demand to take to the skies that flights to nowhere are becoming popular. Travelers in destinations, including Brunei, Taiwan, Japan, and Australia, have started booking flights that begin and end in the same place.
Qantas is offering a seven-hour flight that departs Sydney on October 10 and flies over some of Australia’s most iconic landmarks at such an altitude that they can be enjoyed from the sky. They include Uluru, Kata Tijuta, the Whitsundays, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, and Sydney Harbour. This flight sold out in 10 minutes.
“It’s probably the fastest selling flight in Qantas history,” the airline’s CEO, Alan Joyce, said in a statement. “People clearly miss travel and the experience of flying. If the demand is there, we’ll definitely look at doing more of these scenic flights while we all wait for borders to open.”
There was a time when a flight was seen as an end to a means. That is not the case today as it is now the star of the show.
Other airlines that have offered flights to nowhere include EVA Air’s Taiwan-based flight on August 8. All Nippon Airways (ANA) offered a scenic flight in Japan in August as well.
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