We may not be able to go to Europe or even New Zealand, but Qantas and one travel company would like to take passengers to see Antarctica-well, at least from the air.
Dubbed “the most special scenic trip in the world,” Antarctica Flights plans to take Aussies on Qantas 787 Dreamliners from the air to see the frozen continent.
Beginning November, travellers will be able to take day trips to see Antarctica from the sky, lasting between 12 and 13 hours.
The flight departs from Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne and doesn’t touch overseas soil – making it a domestic flight.
Antarctica Flights CEO Bas Bosschieter described it as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.
“There is no passport or luggage needed for an Antarctica Flight, you can even go in board shorts if you wish,” he told 7 News.
Prices start at $1199 per person in the economy but can cost as much as $7999 if you want to go to the business class – now that’s a expensive day trip.
Generally, Australians are prohibited from travelling abroad because of coronavirus, with exceptions being made only for important research and on humanitarian grounds.
Virgin chief executive Paul Scurrah said Thursday there could be no return for the airline to overseas flights for up to three years after the COVID-19 pandemic has decimated the travel industry.
The airline revealed on Wednesday that it would axe the Tigerair discount airline and that 3000 jobs would be lost in the business as part of its relaunch under Bain Capital administrators.