Singapore Airlines to launch 'flights to nowhere'

Singapore Airlines to launch 'flights to nowhere' – Business Traveller

Singapore Airlines says it won't return to Wellington even after coronavirus travel restrictions ease.

In a look to boost business hit by the ongoing travel limits in place because of COVID-19, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will start its "flights to nowhere" from Changi Airport by the end of October sources indicate.

Singapore Airlines isn't the first airline to offer it's passengers a "trip to nowhere".

A Singapore Airlines flight at Canberra Airport. They will be bundled with staycations in Singaporean hotels, shopping vouchers, and limousine rides around the city.

That meant Wellington travellers would have to fly to either Auckland or Christchurch, aboard Air New Zealand, and then with Singapore Airlines.

Japan's ANA Airline sold tickets for a flight to nowhere as well, offering a 1-hour 26-minute sightseeing flight around the Tokyo area. "We will make an announcement at the appropriate time if we go ahead with these plans".

SIA, however, said that it will be open to hiring them should demand for air travel return to pre-Covid-19 levels. The International Air Transport Association said in a statement that "this is the biggest crisis that the industry has ever faced", and forecasts the almost 290 airlines it represents globally to lose $US314 billion this year alone.

The 4,300 job cuts will be spread across Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot. "This is not a reflection of the strengths and capabilities of those who will be affected, but the result of an unprecedented global crisis that has engulfed the airline industry".

SIA has yet to release prices for its round trip tickets although a survey of just over 300 Singaporeans did indicate that 75% would be willing to pay for such "entertainment".



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