Air New Zealand has expanded the number of quarantine-free routes it flies to Australia, although airlines are still waiting for a two-way travel bubble to emerge before a significant rebound in the New Zealand-Australia market can occur.
From Jan. 7, Air New Zealand will begin quarantine-free flights from Auckland (AKL) to Brisbane (BNE), the third Australian city to receive such services.
The airline will offer 3X-weekly weekly flights for passengers eligible to waive quarantine, and two weekly flights for those that do not qualify and must still quarantine on arrival. To avoid quarantine, passengers must have been in New Zealand for the preceding 14 days. Air New Zealand already offers the same number of flights between AKL and Melbourne (MEL), and 5-6 quarantine-free flights and two quarantine flights each week from AKL to Sydney (SYD).
All of the carrier’s quarantine-free Australian services are operated by Airbus A320/A321 aircraft from AKL, and are flown by crew that have only operated within New Zealand or Australia within the past 14 days…