Singapore Airlines to launch 'flights to nowhere'

Andrew Cummings
September 16, 2020

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is planning to soon launch "flights to nowhere" that will depart from and land in Changi Airport soon, according to New Straits Times. The International Air Transport Association doesn't expect passenger traffic to recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2024.Singapore Airlines isn't the first to offer trips whose destination is the airport from which it departed.

A Singapore Airlines flight at Canberra Airport.

Each flight is expected to take about three hours, adds the report.

"We are grateful for the fantastic relationship we have built with Singapore Airlines over the last five years and we have proven that the business case works".

Singapore Airlines has pulled the plug on its Canberra service as part of a global downsizing of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is unlikely to return even if worldwide travel restrictions ease.

The airline has also stopped taking in new recruits, The Straits Times understands. 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.

Mr Barr said the decision came as part of a broader announcement from Singapore Airlines that they are also laying off over 4000 people from their workforce. "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".

Singapore Airlines chose to go ahead with the trip to nowhere idea after a survey by the Singapore Air Charter showed that 75 per cent of the 308 participants were willing to buy tickets for those flights.

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