Direct flights from Hobart to Auckland to commence
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Tasmanian's will soon be enjoying the Trans Tasman travel bubble with direct flights to Auckland New Zealand commencing on the 22nd April 2021
Sourced from the The Mercury Cameron Whiteley and Annie McCann 10th April 2021
The first flight from New Zealand to Tasmania as part of the travel bubble will take off on April 22, Premier Peter Gutwein has announced.
The inaugural flight as part of the trans-Tasman bubble will arrive at 11am that day at Hobart International Airport, with an outbound first flight from Hobart to Auckland scheduled for 90 minutes later, at 12.30pm. The announcement comes just days after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the unrestricted travel bubble between the neighbouring countries would start on April 19.
Initially two flights per week will be offered with a third service to potentially be offered if their is enough demand.
Mr Gutwein said final approvals had been sorted to achieve the first direct flight across the Tasman Sea to the Apple Isle in more than 20 years.
“Tasmania welcomes around 20,000 visitors every year from New Zealand and we only expect this to increase through the introduction of the new flights, creating benefits not only for our tourism industry, but also opportunities for Tasmanians to more easily reconnect with family and friends,” Mr Gutwein said.
Discussions surrounding a trans-Tasman bubble have been ongoing since last year. Original plans to commence international flights in January were delayed to coincide with the NZ government’s decision.
Mr Gutwein said the Australian Border Force would assist in keeping the new flights operating smoothly.
Tourism Industry Council Tasmania chief executive Luke Martin said visitation from a new direct market would give operators even more confidence.
“Operators are really buzzing at the moment ... and this just adds to it,” he said. “It’s not big numbers, it’s two flights a week. But it opens up a new market for us with direct access ... it’s a historic moment and hopefully it’s the start of a long and growing direct service into New Zealand.”
Mr Martin said the contrast for Tasmanian tourism businesses between this time last year and now was like “night and day”.