New Zealand and Australia have opened the "Covid-safe travel bubble" with 200 flights a week.
On 19 April 2021, New Zealand and Australia open long-awaited "Covid-safe travel bubble" (quarantine-free travel agreement), after both countries managed to eliminate the spread of coronavirus. Qantas and its subsidiary Jetstar believe this reopening is a major breakthrough in the recovery of Australian aviation and tourism. "The reopening of these flights over Tasman is a very important step in the post-pandemic recovery for Australia and New Zealand, but also for aviation and tourism.", said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.
The first Jetstar aircraft, flight JQ201, took off from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) to Auckland Airport (AKL), and was operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft. Flight QF143 operated by Qantas took off from Sydney (SYD) to Auckland (AKL) and was operated by an Airbus A330 aircraft.
Qantas and Jetstar, the low-cost subsidiary, plan to operate flights to all pre-COVID-19 destinations in New Zealand, operating 15 routes. The airlines will operate 29 combined flights between New Zealand and Australia on April 19, 2021 alone and have planned about 200 flights a week thereafter.
There will be over 200 flights a week between New Zealand and Australia.
"New Zealand was the second largest source of international visitors to Australia before the pandemic. Now he will become number one, "added Joyce. Australia and New Zealand closed their borders in March 2020. In October 2020, Australia reopened its borders for New Zealanders. However, New Zealand has only recently reopened its borders to Australian citizens.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has commented on“Covid-safe travel bubble” saying that "The idea that, one day, everything will reopen - although this will not happen at once". It will happen with caution and care. "
Qantas Airlines, through CEO Alan Joyce, is firm in position: get vaccinated or stay home! With the start of the vaccination process against COVID-19, only those who will prove vaccination will be able to board their planes.