Canberrans could soon be flying direct to Auckland, with plans underway to establish a route between Australia’s Capital and New Zealand following Tuesday’s announcement of a trans-Tasman bubble.
From 19 April, Australians will be able to travel across the ditch quarantine-free.
Canberra Airport CEO, Stephen Byron said the announcement of the bubble is a big confidence boost for the industry and a positive sign moving forward.
“Now, travelling to Victoria or South Australia, there’s open air travel between the Australian states and New Zealand and I think what this shows is that border closures are behind us and travel and holidays are there right in front of us.”
The airport is currently in talks with a number of airlines to establish a direct route between Canberra and Auckland.
Mr Byron said Air New Zealand is currently ‘very interested’ in the proposal.
“We’re hopeful that over the coming months we’ll be able to negotiate a direct flight.”
Travelling across the ditch during the pandemic isn’t without its risks though, with NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Arden warning there could be ‘major disruptions’ should another outbreak of COVID-19 occur on either side of the ditch.
“We have the ability, if we believe it is safe to do so, to potentially pause or suspend flights in one state if another state remains unaffected.”