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Air New Zealand has added 31 ‘red’ flights to its December schedule for customers wanting to return from Australia before the end of the year.
“People will be able to freely travel outside of Australia, with no restrictions,” says Australian tourism minister Dan Tehan.
Air New Zealand’s quarantine flights to Australia sold out within three minutes of going on sale.
And it’s “somewhat unlikely” quarantine-free travel will resume then, says finance minister Grant Robertson.
Air New Zealand will operate a second red flight from Sydney to Auckland next Wednesday 15 September.
New Zealand was a drag on earnings for a number of large Australian-based tourism and travel firms, and returning to growth will depend on the effectiveness of the vaccination programme here.
Trading conditions remain volatile due to the global impacts of Covid-19 and ongoing travel restrictions, particularly in the Australian market, says Serko.
The airline says demand may be slower to recover once trans-Tasman travel restarts.
The trans-Tasman travel bubble with all of Australia will close completely at midnight tonight.
The eight-week suspension of the trans-Tasman travel bubble had an immediate impact on operators.
From high hopes to cruel reality, operators are forced to adjust again to life under Covid.
Quarantine-free travel from all of Australia will stop for eight weeks.
SkyCity closes its Adelaide casino as the city moves into a week-long lockdown.
It will be the latest state in Australia to move into lockdown today after new community cases of Covid.
Air NZ has cancelled flights from Melbourne but is continuing to fly from NZ to the city to return visitors already here.
The travel bubble with the Australian state could pause again because of new community cases there.
Returnees will also have to go into MIQ for 14 days when the flights start on Tuesday.
The pause in quarantine-free travel from New South Wales and Queensland will continue for the time being.
But there is “no clear date” for quarantine-free travel from NSW, says Jacinda Ardern.
But quarantine-free travel from the major visitor source market of New South Wales remains suspended.
Australian spend quadrupled in Queenstown and more than doubled in Auckland and Christchurch from April to May.
Not acting would risk the domestic tourism market as well, says Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins.
The travel bubble pause allows New Zealand to work on its Covid-19 response, writes senior lecturer Matt Hobbs.
Operators in the north are also feeling the impact of curtailed travel but to varying degrees.
A decision is expected later today on whether to extend Wellington’s alert level 2 restrictions.
There is no support connected to changes in the trans-Tasman travel arrangement, says Jacinda Ardern.
Air New Zealand cancels all inbound passenger flights from Australia until 11:59pm on Tuesday 29 June.
With the Sydney outbreak spreading, the government says the risk to NZ is growing.
That extension will cut deep into the Australian school holiday period of 26 June to 11 July.
Businesses are keeping a watchful eye as the important Australian school holiday period approaches.
The shift at 6pm on Wednesday was made “out of an abundance of caution,” says Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins.
A number of hospitality outlets were also visited by the tourist.
Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales to New Zealand has been paused.
Those who visited Bondi Junction mall on 12 and 13 June urged to test immediately.
Pause extended until Tuesday 22 June, to be reviewed if situation evolves.
The vast majority of arrivals from Australia came to visit family and friends, says Stats NZ.
Covid-19 Response minister Chris Hipkins says the suspension will continue for a further seven days.
SkyCity’s Adelaide business is under investigation by Australia’s financial watchdog.
The decision was made after the Victorian government extended its lockdown for a further week.
A data reconciliation has identified an additional 48 people in New Zealand who were required to isolate and be tested for Covid-19 after having arrived from Melbourne between 20-25 May.
“It’s good to get more eyes on this place,” says Ziptrek’s executive director, Trent Yeo.
There appeared to be just one commitment which could have a direct impact on tourism.
The decision was made following the growing number of Covid cases in Melbourne.
There have been nine cases of Covid-19 in the past two days in Melbourne.
Both PMs are expected to meet tourism leaders at the hard hit destination.
Quarantine-free travel from New South Wales to New Zealand resumes today.
Air NZ says flights to Cairns and the Sunshine Coast were forecasted to begin in June, no specific date was given.
Around two-thirds of New Zealanders are looking at domestic travel in the next six months, while only 15% are thinking about going to Australia, according to an April survey by Angus & Associates.
Gung-ho Aussies and timid Kiwis are exacerbating the net benefit of travel to NZ.
New Zealand saw more than 30,000 arrivals in the first nine days of the trans-Tasman bubble with 20,000 now departed, according to Stats NZ data.