Take off: Kiwis get airborne in first transtasman bubble flight

Take off: Kiwis get airborne in first transtasman bubble flight”

Under the trans-tasman travel bubble deal, New Zealanders will not have to go into quarantine when they arrive in Australia and will be able to go about their holiday as normal.

From Friday, Kiwis will be able to travel to Sydney without having to quarantine on arrival.

Three flights arriving from Auckland in Sydney today, will be the first where passengers won't have to quarantine since the country closed its borders in March.

Australia's largest city Sydney lifted quarantine restrictions on travelers from New Zealand on Friday while the second largest city, Melbourne, marked the 100th day of one the world's longest pandemic lockdowns.

New Zealand will continue to insist that travelers from Australia quarantine in hotels for 14 days on arrival.

Australia and New Zealand are among the first countries in the Asia-Pacific region to loosen restrictions on global travel since Covid-19 travel bans came into effect earlier this year.

More news: London, Paris face clampdowns as Europe hits COVID-19 records

The limited resumption of worldwide travel between Australia and New Zealand could be an early indication of a slight recovery for the travel industry in the Asia-Pacific region.

A Jetstar and Qantas flight will follow, with more of our New Zealand friends on board.

Air New Zealand is now operating eight return flights between Auckland and Sydney per week and would look to operate two quarantine flights per week, while the remaining flights will be quarantine-free. On October 22, the airline would operate both a quarantine-free and a quarantine flight.

The safe travel zone is now only one-way, with passengers returning to New Zealand from Australia still having to complete 14 days of managed isolation on their return.

Almost all of those booked on the first flight due to leave mid-morning had one-way tickets.

The bubble now applies only to the state of New South Wales and the Northern Territory, but Australian officials said they hoped to expand to other states soon.

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