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Coronavirus Australia: NZ trans tasman travel bubble launches

Nearly 400 days after international borders were slammed shut, two-way quarantine-free travel with New Zealand has resumed. A glimmer of hope has returned to the nation’s embattled aviation industry, with two-way quarantine free travel now underway between Australia and New Zealand.

Nearly 400 days have passed since international borders were closed off to prevent the spread of COVID-19, crushing the sector and forcing a job cull into the thousands.

However, on Monday, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said Monday’s reopening was a momentous occasion in not just reuniting families across the ditch but a significant step in the airline’s recovery.

“The opening of the two-way travel bubble is fantastic for family and friends who are reuniting after so long apart and for the many jobs which are heavily dependent on tourism,” he said. “The most important thing has been getting people back to work and getting our capability back up and running.”

Close to 630 Qantas and Jetstar workers have returned to regular duties and are set to service 29 flights across 15 destinations, including a new route between the Gold Coast and Auckland.

The current operating schedule is roughly 80 percent of Qantas’ pre-pandemic trans-Tasman flights. However, the group expects to increase the number of flights once the winter ski season begins.

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