Asian Airlines Turn to ‘Flights to Nowhere’ to Get Travellers Back in the Skies

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Qantas Airways Ltd (AX:QAN) said on Thursday it would operate a seven-hour scenic flight over Australia next month, adding to a growing trend in Asia of “flights to nowhere” that take off and land at the same airport.

Tough border restrictions to keep the coronavirus under control have led to a 97.5% plunge in international travel in the region, according to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines.

Many frequent flyers miss getting on planes and airlines including Taiwan’s EVA Airways Corp (TW:2618) and Japan’s ANA Holdings Inc (T:9202), desperate for revenue and to keep their pilots’ licences current, have offered special sightseeing flights. Read more…..


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