Criticism of Singapore Airlines for organizing “flights to nowhere” as alternatives to falling revenue

The news that Singaporean airline Singapore Airlines you are considering organizing flights without destination It has generated controversy and criticism from ecologists, although this service is already offered by other companies that desperately looking for alternatives before the fall in income due to the pandemic.

The flag carrier of the city-state indicated this week that the launch of “flights to nowhere”, in which passengers take off and land from the same airport, this is just a plan you are studying and will make an announcement when you make a decision.

This alternative for frustrated travelers from Singapore, which does not have domestic routes and where, like most Asian countries, the borders have been closed, has generated criticism from citizens and environmental groups who are already criticizing it because it would increase the emissions of gases that cause the climate crisis.

In a statement, the NGO SG Climate Rally expressed its solidarity with the Singapore Airlines workers who are suffering from the cuts due to COVID-19, but expressed their opposition to the so-called “flights to nowhere”. “First, incentivize carbon-intensive flights without justification and, second, it is just a patch that distracts from the policies and priority changes necessary to mitigate the climate crisis, “the organization noted.

Last year, the air sector emitted 915 million tons of CO2 worldwide, which is equivalent to 2 percent of the total, although this year emissions are projected to drop significantly due to travel restrictions due to COVID-19. The Singaporean airline’s plan has been raised at a sensitive time for the industry due to restrictions due to COVID-19, which has forced it to ground 90 percent of its fleet and announce the layoff of 2,400 employees.

Destination-free travel is not new, but it is proliferating due to restrictions from the new coronavirus. The Australian airline Qantas has decided to resume the 12-hour flights as of November. offered to Antarctica aboard Boeing 787 aircraft as a measure to mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic.

In addition, the Japanese airline ANA began last August to offer flights to nowhere aboard Airbus A380 with a Hawaiian theme, while Taiwanese StarLux Airlines planes fly over the South China Sea for about three hours without landing. In Brunei, the Royal Brunei airline offers tickets to fly over tropical forests of this small emirate in Southeast Asia for 85 minutes.

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