Singapore Airlines is looking to launch no-destination flights that will depart from and land in Changi Airport. In a bid to give its feeble business a lift, the operation may launch next month. As reported, the airline is working towards starting this option for domestic passengers, “flights to nowhere” by end-October.
Singapore Airlines Also Plans To Partner With Singapore Tourism Board
To satiate the travel thirst among the travellers, Singapore Airlines is planning to explore a partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board to allow excited patrons to partly pay for such flights with tourism credits that will be given out by the Government. In terms of flight operation, the flight will depart from Changi Airport and will return to the same, after staying in the air for around three hours. Apart from this, the airline is also trying to include partnerships with hotels to offer staycations, shopping vouchers at Jewel Changi Airport and limousine service to ferry customers around.
On this, Singapore Airlines spokesperson told a leading daily,
“SIA is considering several initiatives that would allow us to continue engaging both our customers and members of the public.”
Japan And Taiwan Have Already Launched Such Operations In The Past
To deal with the ongoing global pandemic, several airlines including EVA Air in Taiwan have piloted flights to nowhere. And like other airlines, Singapore Airlines is also badly hit by the fallout from Covid-19. The group, which also includes regional arm SilkAir and budget carrier Scoot, has made an announcement on September 10 that it would cut around 4,300 positions, with an estimated 2,400 employees expected to be affected after taking into account previous measures like a recruitment freeze.
In terms of nowhere to go airlines, Japan’s ANA Holdings Inc. sold tickets for a charter flight to nowhere. Two Taiwan carriers launched similar campaigns- Starlux Airlines introduced a “pretending to go abroad” journey. Whereas, EVA Airways Corp. filled all 309 seats on a special Father’s Day flight.