Flying to Hobart has never been made this easy but is now possible with the announcement of the direct flight route between Auckland-Hobart.
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Recently, Air New Zealand announced a non-stop flight service between the two cities and the initiation date of trans-Tasman travel bubble would be notified by Cabinet on 6 April 2021.
Suspension Of Direct Flights To Tasmania Since 23 Years
It must be noted that owing to lack of commercial viability, direct flights between Christchurch and Hobart were suspended since 1998.
With no direct flights, flying to Tasmania was looked down as a tedious journey. Travellers either had to connect at Sydney or Melbourne if they wanted to travel to Tasmania.
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Air New Zealand will operate A320neo with seating capacity of around 165 passengers, ferrying travellers twice weekly with trips on every Thursday and Sunday.
Tasmania’s Premier, Peter Gutwein expressed that the first Kiwi arrivals are likely to be around the Anzac Day, marking the national day of remembrance in the Kiwi and Aussie land.
Elation Among Kiwi Travel Agents
Moreover, this latest development has excited the NZ travel agents who want to cash in on every single opportunity arising from this huge demand.
Greg Foran, CEO of Air NZ, has expressed that the new flight route will see surge among the prospective tourists visiting Tasmania, as well as those who will be visiting the Kiwi cities of Queenstown and Rotorua.
This direct air route (Auckland to Hobart) is touted to contain economic prospects thereby giving New Zealand’s tourism industry a much-needed boost. Air NZ is hopeful that with the long weekend option for travellers, there will be a rise in the tourists coming to visit to the Kiwi land.
It is noted that about 75K Aussies call Kiwiland their home and 600K New Zealanders reside in Australia. With such strong connections, people across both the countries are more than happy to travel to and fro to their respective destinations.
NZ PM Cautious About Safeguarding The Nation’s Borders
However, NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is not in a hurry to open the country’s borders without giving due considerations. She is cautious and firm about the penetration of the ghastly coronavirus back to the country. All necessary steps are being considered and looked at until Cabinet announces the re-connectivity of flight route on 6 April 2021.