August 1, 2021

Australia – New Zealand: first flights in the bubble

Airlines Air New Zealand, Qantas and Jetstar resumed their flights on Monday between Australia and New Zealand, after nearly 400 days without scheduled flights due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The “travel bubble” created by the two Pacific countries began on April 19, 2021, Auckland having finally allowed Australians to come. without quarantine on arrival (this was already the case in the other direction), while respecting health measures such as screening tests before takeoff. The airports of Auckland and Sydney among others were on Monday the scene of reunions between families or friends, to the extent of the wait while the two countries were little affected by the health crisis in terms of victims – at the cost of hard confinements and almost total insulation.

Qantas et sa low cost Jetstar announces that it has relaunched fifteen routes to New Zealand, to all cities served until March 2020, with the inauguration of a new link between Gold Coast and Auckland airport first. A total of 29 flights were scheduled yesterday (four low cost), “welcoming thousands of passengers”, and up to 200 weekly rotations are now scheduled over the Tasman Sea.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said in a statement that the opening of the “ two-way travel bubble Was a milestone for both countries. ” Trips without quarantine waited almost 400 days. The reopening of these flights is a very important step in the post-pandemic recovery for Australia and New Zealand, but also aviation and tourism “, did he declare. He specifically cites the impact on the many jobs « so heavily dependent on tourism. This means that we will be able to bring more planes to the sky, and increase the number of our employees at work. ».

No details on the 30 flights operated by Air New Zealand yesterday, but last week it evoked a “fantastic” demand on the Auckland – Sydney, Auckland – Brisbane and Christchurch – Melbourne axes on April 19. CEO Greg Foran said he expected the airline “ can play a role in reuniting friends and whānau “, A mix of friends and families” catching up with a year of missed milestones and business travelers eager to move again ».

If a new link between Auckland and Hobart was launched for the occasion, the leader spoke in particular about Queenstown, which will see ” an influx of Australians in July and September “With a larger increase across the country for the July school holidays,” the season of ski promising to be well loaded in the mountains ».


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