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Australia Air New Zealand hints at Trans-Tasman bubble start date

02:50  06 april  2021
02:50  06 april  2021 Source:   theage.com.au

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  Australia and New Zealand announce travel bubble starts from April New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced Australians will not need to quarantine when they travel across the ditch from April 19.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the start date of the bubble on Tuesday, which will allow travellers to fly without needing to quarantine.

The trans - Tasman travel bubble is expected to begin as soon as next week, according to The Australian . Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is set to announce a date on Tuesday for when a bubble will open. Australian federal government and industry sources say the bubble is expected to begin on April 12 or 19, according to The Australian . "The 19th was pretty much definite," according to Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry tourism chief John Hart. Air New Zealand appears to be ramping up operations with flights between Auckland and Sydney and Auckland and Melbourne available from

New Zealand will officially announce the date for the opening of the trans - Tasman bubble on Tuesday. Both Australia and New Zealand have been ironing out protocols over the travel bubble in recent months and seem to have reached an agreement. This time around, travelers from both countries will be able to access each other’s nation, with no quarantines needed. Finalizing the terms of the trans - Tasman bubble will be a huge boost to both Qantas and Air New Zealand . Photo: Getty Images. Date set.

Christchurch: Air New Zealand appears to have taken a punt on when the much-anticipated trans-Tasman travel bubble will open, significantly increasing its schedule on one particular Monday in April.

An Air New Zealand plane is seen at Auckland Airport © Getty An Air New Zealand plane is seen at Auckland Airport

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to announce at 4pm on Monday, NZ time, (2pm AEST) when two-way quarantine-free travel with Australia will commence. It is the first border opening since free-flow travel was stopped just over a year ago.

Air New Zealand has an increased schedule in its booking system from Monday, April 19. It has 23 return services between Auckland and Sydney that week, as opposed to just four return flights this current week.

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Air New Zealand is already offering daily flights between Auckland and Sydney, as well as Melbourne from Friday April 9 - hinting at the potential start date . The airline is also planning to launch a new route between Auckland and Hobart when the travel bubble reopens. The decision comes after months of deliberation and pressure from her political opponents, with Ms Ardern pledging to give a new start date on April 6. Ms Ardern has walked away from two previous deadlines to create the bubble . Government officials have been tinkering with plans, including regulations for airports, airlines

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to announce on Tuesday the start date for a trans - Tasman bubble with Australia. The two-way travel corridor has been in the works since early in the pandemic but has been put on ice on multiple occasions due to COVID-19 outbreaks in If you look on the Air New Zealand website, the airline is offering daily flights between Auckland and Sydney and Auckland and Melbourne from Friday, April 9 – which could hint at a possible bubble start date , although the airline is not giving anything away at this stage. “We would have to wait for any bubble

A further clue can be found in the aircraft it has listed to operate on the Auckland to Sydney route.

The airline runs 787 Dreamliners across the Tasman, but has publicly said it has retrained staff on its A320 and A321 planes to run Tasman services. The first A321 flight gets underway on April 19.

If the schedule holds true, Air New Zealand is clearly expecting a surge in people wanting to spend a weekend in Sydney - the first Friday of its expanded schedule has five flights to Sydney in a single day.

The first direct flights from Wellington and Christchurch to Sydney are also loaded in its system from April 19.

The first direct flight from Queenstown to Sydney resumes a day later.

Significantly, the airline also appears poised to bring back direct services from Auckland to Perth, with flights currently offered from April 19.

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She also added that New Zealand is looking at creating bubbles with particular Australian states, rather than a whole of Australia approach. Source: 1 NEWS. "Our view is, rather than trying to work through a solution that sees all of Australia with New Zealand , that we can work through an arrangement that sees us operate in some states and not others." A travel bubble with Australia would be invaluable to New Zealand 's tourism industry, which has suffered since the outbreak of Covid-19.

"Just that trans - Tasman bubble announcement will be like a shot in the arm. It will just give the hospitality industry that glimmer of hope that we're through the worst. "We're really hopeful that the Prime Minister will announce an opening and, if not, we're really "Insurers and customers need certainty of the exact dates and times borders open or close so that they know when cover is available and when it is not." The Opposition has been pushing for a travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia for months but the Opposition recently ramped up that pressure even further, launching a

It is also banking on some Kiwis taking advantage of the current one-way travel rule into Australia and heading there as soon as possible - before returning when the border is opened on the New Zealand side.

From Friday April 9, the airline has daily services into Melbourne and Sydney. If the April 19 start date is confirmed, that means a passenger from New Zealand could head quarantine-free to Sydney on April 9 for a 10-day trip, then return on the 19th once the border on the New Zealand side opens.

It's not clear if Air New Zealand has official intelligence or it has just taken an educated guess. To be clear, booking a ticket before an announcement of the official date is risky - especially if the date is wrong. Stuff has previously reported the bubble would open in mid-April and the airline appears to have eyed April 19 for some weeks. Air New Zealand has been approached for comment.

Qantas and Jetstar do not have any April flights loaded into their booking systems - although that will almost immediately change once today's announcement is made.

Stuff.co.nz

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