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Trans-Tasman travel bubble leads to surge in flight schedules

April 08, 2021 00:00:00

WELLINGTON, Apr 07: Twenty-four hours after the travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia got the green light, flights are roaring back to life, Simple Flying reported.

Airlines are throwing capacity back onto multiple trans-Tasman routes after a year of near dormant activity on the normally busy sector.

From April 19, the number of weekly flights between Australia and New Zealand will rise from the single digits to the hundreds.

"I'll certainly be digging out my passport for the first time since I joined the airline," shares Air New Zealand's Greg Foran in a statement, who'll be joining the exodus of Kiwis expected to flood Australia.

"We expect strong demand for flights to New Zealand, and there are many Kiwis who can't wait for a winter escape to warmer weather in Australia," says Qantas' Andrew David.

Three airlines will be joining the prospective gold rush; Air New Zealand, Australia's Qantas, its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar.

To date, the Qantas Group has been operating at less than 3.0 per cent of its normal trans-Tasman capacity. By the end of this month, that will bounce back to 83 per cent, with the potential for further increases.

Qantas and Jetstar will be running up to 122 return flights a week between Australia and New Zealand. Qantas will use a mix of its A330 and Boeing 737 aircraft.

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