The beginning of a limited trans-Tasman travel bubble announced by the Federal Government this afternoon, Friday 2 October, is being touted as “an important first step in reigniting international travel and Australia’s tourism economy”.
ABC News is reporting flights across the Tasman are expected to resume in a fortnight. At this stage, NSW and the NT will accept New Zealand arrivals from 16 October, however, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adern said it was still too early to allow Australians to enter New Zealand.
Australian Airports Association (AAA) chief executive, James Goodwin, said he applauded the decision by the NSW Premier and NT Chief Minister to accept New Zealanders into their state and territory without having to undergo mandatory quarantine.
“This is a positive agreement and will rebuild confidence for Australians and New Zealanders to start flying again,” Mr Goodwin said.
“We have important trade and economic links with our Kiwi cousins and this announcement will help to expand the important travel market between the two nations.
“Airports are here to facilitate and support governments with the safe movement of travellers.
“The next step is for the remaining states to open and become part of this new arrangement. We also look forward to New Zealand reciprocating the plan, allowing Australians to fly over the ditch and enjoy all that our southern neighbours have to offer.
“The trans-Tasman bubble will also relieve pressure from the hotel quarantine system allowing more stranded Australians to return home from overseas,” he said.
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