Sydney, Australia, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- To boost domestic tourism amid the pandemic, air carrier Qantas began offering “mystery” flights Wednesday in which passengers will not know the destination of their trip until they board.
Starting tomorrow, these flights of about two hours will depart from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to an unknown destination outside the big capitals, which will be revealed to the passenger at the time of boarding, the airline reported in a statement.
At the destination, the passenger will enjoy a series of tourist activities, such as a visit to a vineyard, a luxury gastronomic experience or a music show on an island, before the return flight at the end of the day.
This initiative, which will be offered on weekends in March, April and May, includes destinations such as Sydney Bay or the sacred red monolith Uluru, in the heart of the country’s desert, as well as Antarctica.
With international borders closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic, Australian airlines are looking for ways to increase flights, amid criticism over their carbon footprint.
Qantas “mystery” flights, popular until they were canceled by the airline in the 1990s, will cost $576 in economy class and $ 1,235 in business class.
Stephanie Tully, Qantas’ head of customer service said that “in addition to helping more people get back to work, these mystery flights are another way to support tour operators, especially in regional areas.”
Qantas, which suffered losses of $ 862 million between June and December 2020, laid off 2,000 ground employees in November. EFE-EPA