Nearly 400 days after international borders were slammed shut, two-way, quarantine free travel with New Zealand has recommenced.
Two-way travel between Australia and New Zealand is now underway, with close to 15 destinations set to have direct routes to their trans Tasman neighbours.
On Monday morning, Qantas launched its first quarantine-free international flight to New Zealand, nearly 400 days since international borders first closed.
Approximately 630 Qantas and Jetstar workers will resume normal duties, with the nation’s largest airline group servicing 29 flights a week, including a new route between the Gold Coast and Auckland.
Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said it was a momentous occasion in the nation’s recovery from the virus.
“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.