The Tasman travel bubble of Australia and New Zealand will soon open Canberra and Wellington flights
Tasman travel bubble flights between Australia and New Zealand could begin as early as July.
The first international flights since March will run between Canberra and Wellington Airports on July 1 and 2.
Both Australia and NZ closed their borders to international visitors in mid-March to stop the spread of COVID-19 from abroad.
Only politicians, business people and journalists will board the first return flight, but the route is expected to reopen to the public as soon as a new schedule is in place.
Australians who want to fly to NZ next month can register their interest on the Canberra Airport website from Thursday.
“It’s time to restart your travel plans for 2020,” the airport’s website is currently reading.
The Canberra-Wellington route is being tested for several weeks before flights are extended to other Australian and New Zealand cities such as Sydney and Auckland.
International arrivals in Sydney before Prime Minister Scott Morrison banned overseas travel in March. The first ‘Tasman travel bubble’ flights will run between Canberra and Wellington Airports on July 1 and July 2
The ACT passed a month with no new cases of COVID-19, while New Zealand was 12 days without a case.
Stephen Byron, CEO of Canberra Airport, said the capitals of Australia and New Zealand are the safest cities to resume international travel.
“This would be the opening of the bubble,” said Mr. Byron ABC Radio Canberra.
“All personnel at the airport and all services in the international terminal … will not have seen other international passengers for at least three weeks by the time this flight arrives.”
Currently, international arrivals in both Australia and New Zealand must isolate themselves or a hotel for 14 days.
But Mr Byron said this would be dropped for Australians and Kiwis traveling between the two countries as part of the travel bubble.
The airport director said he expects “huge demand” for the route and that Qantas and Air New Zealand will each operate one flight per day.
“We know there is a backlog on both sides of the ditch that wants to reunite with family,” said Byron.
“People who have lost their jobs on both sides of the Tasman and need to reorganize their housing situation … then there are the vacationers.”
Canberra Airport chief executive Stephen Byron said Canberra Airport (left) and Wellington Airport (right) are the safest places in Australia and NZ to resume international travel
Despite demand, Byron expects flight prices to be “relatively normal.”
“You do want to make it competitive and attractive,” he said.
Passengers can travel as soon as they land, but should follow local restrictions, including state border closures in Australia.
Under the current restrictions, if a Kiwi were to land in Canberra, they would not be able to enter Queensland or WA due to border closures.
Trade and Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said he wants the trans-Tasman bubble to start “as soon as possible.”
“I am confident that both Australia and New Zealand are ready and willing to make progress as soon as health advice allows and all necessary safeguards are in place,” said Mr Birmingham. The Australian.
John Hart, president of ACCI tourism, said that both countries urgently need to start the bubble to keep businesses afloat.
“Businesses want to escalate the bubble between Australia and New Zealand because it just isn’t happening fast enough to keep them in business,” Mr. Hart told The Australian.
“We don’t see domestic movements picking up fast enough, so we need the bubble to get the tourist activity.”
Trade and Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham (right) said he wants the trans-Tasman bubble to start ‘as soon as possible’
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will propose the Canberra-Wellington itinerary on Thursday.
All Australian passengers would be pre-tested for COVID-19 when boarding a flight to NZ under the proposal, which is supported by Chambers of Commerce Wellington, Auckland and Canberra.
New Zealanders arriving in Australia are told to download the government’s COVIDSafe app, which detects coronavirus cases.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the ACCI for comment.
After more than 1.5 million Australians crossed the ditch last year, New Zealand is struggling without its largest visitor source.
Prior to the pandemic, only 20 percent of Australians wanted to travel within Oceania, including NZ.
But when the international travel ban was lifted, 38 percent of Aussie travelers said they wanted to travel to NZ, according to the Anne Wild and Associates study.
Although NZ has not registered a new COVID-19 case in the past 12 days, Australia registered eight new cases on Wednesday – seven in Victoria and one in WA.
An Air New Zealand flight lands in Wellington. A survey of Australian travelers found that the number of people who want to visit NZ has at least doubled