Singapore Airlines To Offer Flights To ..... Nowhere!

A Singapore Airlines flight at Canberra Airport

"Airlines are having to make extremely hard choices to ensure their long-term survival as it will be many years before any normality returns to global travel", he said.

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. These flights are expected to take off and land at Singapore's Changi Airport, according to the Strait Times. They will be bundled with staycations in Singaporean hotels, shopping vouchers, and limousine rides around the city.

Singapore Airlines now serves Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in Australia, along with Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand, for those able to fly. Last month, Japan's ANA Holdings Inc. sold tickets for a charter flight to nowhere, while two Taiwan carriers launched similar campaigns - Starlux Airlines introduced a "pretending to go abroad" journey and EVA Airways Corp. filled all 309 seats on a special Father's Day flight.

The reported plans come as Singapore Airlines, like the entire airline industry, has seen demand for air travel decline as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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It is understood the airline is also looking to agree with the local Singapore Tourism Board to give interested passengers the chance to use local tourism credits given out by the government to pay for the flights.

"SIA, also speaking to "The Sunday Times" said "(SIA) is considering several initiatives that would allow us to continue engaging both our customers and members of the public.

He warned that the "next few weeks would be some of the toughest in the history of the SIA Group as some of our friends and colleagues leave the company".

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