- With the opening of Tasman borders, people across both sides of the counties are elated to meet their loved ones after more than a year.
- The Resumption of the Auckland-Hobart flight route after 23 years brings thrill and excitement among the travellers.
- Both AU and NZ authorities are keeping a watchful eye on any hiccups that might come up during the smooth functioning of the Trans-Tasman bubble.
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Joy was evident everywhere when the first lot of travellers set their foot on the Auckland airport after their arrival from Sydney. They were in New Zealand to visit their family and friends after the much-awaited opening of the Trans-Tasman bubble, which was suspended for more than a year due to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
Ever since the opening of the travel bubble from 19 April 2021, airlines are taking thousands of people across the shores. The travellers are neither required to undergo tests nor they are to quarantine themselves upon arrival.
It must be noted that before the quarantine-free flights were opened, a restricted number of flights were operating between the two countries with heavy restrictions.
However, with the opening of the ‘green corridor’ between the two countries, all the eyes are now set on the travel bubble across New Zealand and Australia.
Airlines Staff Reports Back To Work
Nearly 630 workers of Qantas and Jetstar have come back to work to operate around 200 flights per week between the two nations. Currently, these flights are operating with 80% of their pre-COVID-19 capacity and anticipate a huge rise in numbers with the start of the ski season in New Zealand.
Also, 300 staff of Air Zealand have resumed work considering the trans-Tasman flight routes.
Opening Up Of Auckland- Hobart Flight Route
An important milestone in the history of both the countries was when Air New Zealand’s first flight from Auckland to Tasmania took off after more than 2 decades. A Karakia was performed for the passengers at the boarding gate. Thrill and excitement overflowed along with breakfast Champagne onboard.
It is pointed out that Hobart is the 10th Australian destination that Air NZ is operating in. Flights are operational on Thursdays and Sundays and with the onset of the winters and ski season, a third one may be added to the itinerary soon.
The Kiwis can now explore the lovely sightseeings of the Tasmanian destinations adorned with the white-sand beaches of Freycinet National Park, the Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art, Bruny Island, and the wildlife. They can try their hands on the destination highlights of the island country like tramping, mountain biking, and savour their taste buds with the leading food and beverage options.
AU NZ Keeping An Eye On The Trans-Tasman Bubble
Both the NZ's Minister of Health and his Australian counterpart are keeping themselves abreast with the situation and are confident in removing the impediments on the road to the economic recovery.
It must be noted that as per the terms of the quarantine-free travel agreement, both New Zealand and Australia can suspend travel with places that have coronavirus outbreaks.