Taiwan's airport offers tours at airport "pretend you're going abroad" amid Covid-19 pandemic

Taiwan’s airport offers tours at airport “pretend you’re going abroad” amid Covid-19 pandemic

(CNN) – As the aircraft are grounded and most tourism is on hold during the Corinthian pandemic, a Taiwan airport has found a unique solution to help citizens solve their journey.

Taipei’s Songshan Airport will give 90 people the opportunity to take a tour of their airport and relive the experience of migrating, boarding a plane and then disembarking and returning home.

“I can’t leave (Taiwan) and then pretend to go abroad to Songshan,” a leaflet said on the airport’s website.

An opinion from Taipei International Airport’s Songshan logo in January.

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Songshan is the smallest of Taipei’s two international airports and is located in the city center next to the Keelung River.

International tourism has effectively stopped in most parts of the world as countries close their borders to try to avoid new corona cases, which have already infected more than 7 million people worldwide.

Some countries are already looking for innovative ways to boost their travel industries. In one example, Australia and New Zealand are working to organize a “travel bubble” between the two countries.
Taiwan has closed its borders on March in the midst of the growing corona virus pandemic, and they are foreign nationals still prohibited from the visit to the island.

According to the tender brochure, there will be three excursions to Songshan Airport on July 2, 4 and 7.

Chih-ching Wang, deputy director of Taipei Songshan Airport, said the excursions would last half a day and allow visitors to experience what it would be like to go through migration and then board the plane, followed by reintegration into the country via of immigration.

“People who have not had the opportunity to make international flights to Songshan (can) use this opportunity to experience and learn more about the boarding process and related services,” Wang said.

Wang said participants would be allowed to board a plane as if they were boarding a trip, after which they would disembark and return via immigration.

Travelers will also be “the first to experience the new facilities at the airport,” the leaflets said, adding that visitors could “complete missions” and take home “exclusively mysterious gifts.”

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