Due to the coronavirus pandemic, tourism has been shut down for most parts of the world which led to a significant impact on the aviation industry. However, these two airlines apparently found a turnaround by offering sightseeing “flights to nowhere” on their passenger jets.
According to reports, Taiwan’s China Airlines and Eva Air both said that they have quickly sold out but further flights are planned in the coming weeks. Locals’ enthusiasm for the sightseeing flights was given as the country has only recorded 480 coronavirus cases, 7 deaths, and 443 recovered (as of writing).
An Eva aircraft from Taoyuan International Airport reportedly flew last Saturday over Taiwan’s northeast cape, circled Japan’s Ryukyu Islands before hovering over the southeast coast of Taiwan on their way home. The entire flight lasted for two hours and 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, the China Airlines flight will allegedly last for around two hours also flying into Japanese airspace before turning around to the eastern coast of Taiwan.
Authorities have also been encouraging the locals to take domestic holidays instead, for the meantime. Even cruise ship companies were said to have started offering domestic trips around the island.
Would you board a ‘flight to nowhere’?
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