21 Sep 2020

Demand for joy flights to Antarctica take off

From First Up, 5:37 am on 21 September 2020

The popularity of "flights to nowhere" is skyrocketing as keen travellers seek new ways to head overseas, even if it means they don't leave the plane. With domestic and international travel scaled back dramatically in Australia, Qantas is offering day flights around the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and Sydney Harbour, with tickets starting at 787 Australian dollars. And tickets are selling out minutes after going up online. And even though the company "Antarctica Flights" has been flying sightseers to the Southern Continent for 27 years, suddenly the company is scrambling to meet demand. The 1200 Australian-dollar price tag isn't putting Aussies off the 12-hour escape over the ocean, leaving at 8am and returning home at 8pm. The CEO of Antarctica Flights, Bas Bosschieter says social media and news coverage of other Flights to Nowhere have driven interest to their upcoming summer season.