OREANDA-NEWS. Australian airline «Qantas» is developing strategies to combat the pandemic-induced travel slump. It is resuming a day-trip service with an unknown destination. Such trips appeared in the 1990s to promote home tourism, according to the «BBC News».

The purpose of «mystery flights» is to attract more passengers to travel within the country. Flights will be operated on one of three «Qantas» Boeing 737 aircraft from Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney with economy class fares starting at $737.

The all-day package includes activities ranging from wine-making and fine dining to scuba diving. With international borders unlikely to open until 2022, «Qantas» has asked the government to decide on domestic travel now, that Covid-19 vaccination has been rolled out in Australia.

According to the Asia-Pacific Airlines Association, airlines are dealing with a severe drop in passenger numbers amid «an uneven spread of vaccinations around the world, which only delays the full opening of borders». Passenger numbers for January were just 4% compared to the same month last year, when 33.5 million passengers flew across the region.