To spend money on this, you have to miss flying a lot. Singapore Airlines is planning new flights – without a destination. Start and destination are one and the same. You land where you left.
The airline sees this as a method of getting out of the financial hole that the corona crisis has already left. According to the Straits Times, the airline will start next month. Then it goes for the first time from Singapore Changi Airport to Singapore Changi Airport.
Otherwise no possibility of flying in Singapore
Why get on the plane if you don’t leave the country? In the city-state of Singapore, the borders are tight. And that with an area of 725 square kilometers, i.e. slightly larger than the canton of Glarus, with a population of 5.6 million (as of 2018). There are no domestic flights.
The idea is apparently not too badly received by the people of Singapore. The broadcaster «CNBC» interviewed residents. “Singapore is an island and I’m used to traveling, so I definitely miss flying,” one resident of the country told the station.
“Miss the check-in, the food on the plane”
A frequent flyer mentions other reasons for this: “Mainly because I miss traveling, the whole process of checking in, eating on the plane and of course the warmth and the smile of the flight attendants.”
Singapore Airlines announced earlier this week that it would lay off 2,400 employees. Pilots, cabin crew and ground crew are affected. The reason: the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
For the private airline Eva Air, one of Taiwan’s largest airlines, the idea of flights to nowhere has already worked. On August 8, the airline took off a sightseeing flight. All 309 seats in the Airbus were sold out. The fact that from an ecological point of view this means the generation of fine dust is completely superfluous was hardly criticized in Taiwan. (euc)