Last year saw a resurgence in scenic flights or, as they were quickly dubbed, “flights to nowhere”.
Qantas piloted circular flights over Uluru, and similar sightseeing expeditions were launched over Borneo and even Antarctica. However, “nowhere” doesn’t get more literal than a flight over a nuclear exclusion zone.
Ukraine International Airlines has flown a sold-out flight over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant to mark the disaster’s 35th anniversary.
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“Passengers of the flight will be able not only to see Kiev and Chernobyl from the most unusual angles and the minimum allowable height — 900 meters, but also to deepen their knowledge about the causes and consequences of the Chernobyl accident,” the national airline said.
Timed to coincide with the anniversary, passengers were treated to an apocalyptic vision of a place where human activity was accidentally wiped out.
On a 90-minute tour from the wings of an Embraer 195 passenger jet, the plane visited the Chernobyl site and evacuated village of Pripyat.
It might seem like the natural apocalyptic apex of a trend that took off during a pandemic, however, the scenic flight is a continuation of other dark tourism trends in Ukraine…