With most airlines shut down around the world and many national borders closed, airlines have had to be creative during the downturn.
Field of Light photo at Uluru.
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On a Qantas destination flight, a seven-hour tour of the country, pilots were able to get incredible views of places – including Uluru and Sydney Harbor – as the plane flew lower than usual. Despite some concerns about carbon emissions, the idea that this is happening to tourists and tickets is selling out within half an hour.
Low-flying aircraft will also be part of the “Flight to Halfway,” as well, with flights at the beginning and end of the journey allowing passengers to see the air from these Australian landmarks.
The flight from Sydney to Uluru, which takes about three and a half hours, is on a regular route operated by low-cost Qantas-owned Jetstar Airlines. It has stopped since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.
Uluru, formerly known as its colony of Ayers Rock, is sacred to Indigenous Australians. It has a special charm for the people of Anangu, which has a long history associated with the place.
The economy-class package for the “Flight to One-Stop” experience is $ 2,449 AUS ($ 1,730), and the business package is $ 3,999 ($ 2,286). Travelers will earn Qantas points based on experience but cannot use points to book them.
CNN’s Hilary Whiteman contributes to the report.