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Australian woman accidentally finds aircraft graveyard in the middle of the desert

Corona: A zombie film could be playing at this aircraft graveyard

This is what the situation at Alice Springs Airport looked like at the beginning of the pandemic in May 2020 – the first Singapore Airlines machines were parked.

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What happened to all the planes during the pandemic? Long-term parking at an airport is difficult. The vast outback of Australia is more suitable, as one blogger stated.

KA brief look back at spring 2020: The then “new” coronavirus has the world firmly under control. International air traffic is gradually coming to a standstill in order to prevent further spread of the Covid-19 pathogen. More than 18 months later, thanks to vaccines, we can faintly dream of traveling again – but most airlines still offer their customers a thinned-out flight plan. That also means: fewer machines are required.

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But where should the airlines go with their multi-tonne and meter-long passenger planes, which also have to be ready for action at any time as soon as travel starts again? The Australian travel blogger Tessomewhere knows the answer to this question. She usually reports on the most exciting travel destinations in Australia on her blog. More or less by chance, however, she discovered a huge parking lot in the middle of the Australian desert landscape, where Boeing and Airbus planes are lined up. Deserted, the temporary aircraft graveyard could provide the backdrop for a post-apocalyptic zombie film.

But where is the airport cemetery exactly?

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The travel blogger shared a clip with the title on the social media app TikTok and also on Instagram Did you ever wonder where the planes of the world ended up during the pandemic (Deutsch: Have you ever wondered where all the planes in this world end up during the pandemic)? The clip received more than half a million views on TikTok within the first 24 hours and is currently scratching the million mark.

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There she describes how she regularly landed on a normal scheduled flight at Alice Springs Airport, almost exactly in the middle of the Australian continent. Mainly domestic flights arrive at the rather small airport, but it is a spectacular sight: It is located in the middle of the Red Center, the characteristic red desert landscape of Australia, pretty much in the middle of nowhere. For many tourists who want to see the Uluru (landmark of Australia, also known as Ayers Rock) from Sydney or Melbourne, the former military airport is the starting point of their tour.

When Tess, as the blogger’s first name is called, rolled down the runway, she immediately noticed the unusually large number of international passenger planes. The sight offered machines from a lot of airlines – but no passengers far and wide.

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When I flew to Alice Springs, Central Australia last week, I was amazed: Hundreds of planes – mostly from Asian airlines – were parked next to the runway.

According to a report by the BBC Above all, Singapore Airlines and the Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific Alice Springs use as a pandemic parking lot. Experts expect that scheduled traffic will not have fully recovered until 2024.

The reason for the Airplane Cemetery in Alice Springs is obvious

Not only that there is simply enough space in the kilometer-wide outback to park hundreds of aircraft without disturbing a soul. The pandemic-induced aircraft cemetery in Alice Springs also has a clear advantage in terms of technology. The warm and dry air during the day as well as the cold nights in the desert offer ideal storage conditions for modern airliners, as Tess explains in the video. Because they are protected against corrosion, they are ready for use again at any time.

Over 100 planes are parked here, waiting for the world to be ready to fly again.

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So it’s probably more of a temporary parking space for the many planes in Alice Springs than a real junk graveyard. Still, the sight of hundreds of planes without passengers is a little scary. However, the situation seems to have improved: In the past year, more than 400 aircraft are said to have been temporarily stored there, now there are around 200. A light at the end of the tunnel that there will soon no longer be a temporary resting place for all the holiday flyers.

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