Canberra Airport is in talks with Qantas and Air New Zealand about trans-Tasman services.
After a long wait, global travel is finally back on the cards - New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern today announced the start date for the two-way travel bubble between NZ and Australia, allowing travellers to flit back and forth between the two countries without needing to quarantine. The airline has reportedly pushed back cross-Tasman flights until September.
He told Region Media that the Airport was looking at two destinations in the North Island.
Jacinda Ardern said the bubble was a "world first" arrangement.
Qantas' new schedule will include year-round, direct flights to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown, plus direct flights from Brisbane and Melbourne to Queenstown, usually only operated seasonally for the ski season peak.
Quarantine-free travel for New Zealanders travelling to Australia had been in place since late a year ago, but for the competition to proceed in its original six-week format or without the need for a single hub, it had to be the same scenario for Australians travelling to New Zealand.
"While the airline remains committed to Trans-Tasman flying when the market fully recovers, we are mindful of evolving border requirements which add complexity to our business as we push ahead with plans to grow our core domestic Australia operations".
"All we need is the permission", he said.
"The ACT Government has been involved in ongoing discussions with relevant aviation partners on Canberra-New Zealand flights", he said.
Australians will be able to travel to New Zealand without having to quarantine from 11:59 pm on Sunday April 18, Ms Ardern said Tuesday afternoon.
Canberra Airport CEO Stephen Byron.
Travellers will be asked to wear masks on the plane, and to download New Zealand's contact-tracing app for use in the country.
Air New Zealand increased its schedule of flights from Monday, 19 April, with 23 return services between Auckland and Sydney as opposed to the four return flights now available.
"Our consumer research suggests Australians are eager to get on an aircraft and start travelling again with nearly 80 per cent of Australians supportive of creating travel bubbles with countries where levels of COVID-19 are low", chief executive James Goodwin said.
Chief Executive James Goodwin said the new arrangement would allow Australians and New Zealanders to reconnect.
"Our consumer research suggests Australians are eager to get on an aircraft and start travelling again with nearly 80 per cent of Australians supportive of creating travel bubbles with countries where levels of COVID-19 are low".
He said the bubble would mean more jobs and be a boost for the struggling travel industry.
The tournament could be staged across both New Zealand and Australia as a result of the travel bubble, with the Springboks and Pumas also clear to travel between the two nations once they had first completed a fortnight's quarantine in either nation.