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TAIPEI/TOKYO — Taoyuan International Airport has been rather empty since the coronavirus pandemic shut the door on overseas travel, so it was a rare sight on Friday morning when nearly 200 passengers lined up to board a flight. The only catch: they weren’t actually going anywhere.
The Starlux Airlines flight, which took off at 11 a.m., cruised along Taiwan’s east coast and over the Philippines before retuning to Taoyuan. The flight did not touch down anywhere, but for travel-starved Taiwanese, it was enough.
“We are so excited to take this flight! This is my first time to board a plane this year. I already drafted a long duty-free shopping list for myself and my colleagues,” Peter Wu, who was traveling with a friend, told the Nikkei Asian Review.
“I overslept a little bit and failed to secure a window seat,” said Polon Chen, another traveler. “We might do this again