The pandemic has cut deeply into the airline business and they are seeking to lure people back. Surely one of the most bizarre attempts is offering people the opportunity to buy tickets to fly to nowhere, i.e. where the plane takes off, flies around for a few hours, and then returns to the airport.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) is looking to launch no-destination flights that will depart from and land in Changi Airport next month, in a bid to give its ailing business a lift.
Sources told The Straits Times that the national carrier is working towards launching this option for domestic passengers – dubbed “flights to nowhere” – by end-October.
Each flight is expected to take about three hours.
A survey of 308 people that his firm conducted found 75 per cent were willing to pay for flights to nowhere.
The most popular price that respondents were willing to pay for an economy class seat was $288, with 45 per cent of respondents saying they were willing to do so. Meanwhile, 40 per cent said they were willing to pay $588 for a business class seat.
When I first read it, I thought it must be satire from The Onion or some similar source but it is from the Straits Times which is a major newspaper and the story has appeared in other media outlets too..
I absolutely detest the whole flying experience because it is so unpleasant from start to finish. The only reason that I get on a plane is because I have no other way of getting to my destination. The idea of just flying around for a few hours and then returning to the starting point strikes me as absurd and I am incredulous that there are people willing to pay to do so. But they have only said so in response to a survey. Let’s see if they are willing to pony up when the due date arrives.
As they say, it takes all sorts to make the world.