Air New Zealand ramp up flight schedule for trans Tasman bubble

With the quarantine free trans Tasman bubble now scheduled to launch on April 19, Air New Zealand have announced increased flights between Australia and New Zealand.

This means more flights available to ski and board Mt Ruapehu on the North Island or the clubfields and commercial fields of the South Island including Christchurch for Mt Hutt and Queenstown for Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona and Treble Cone.

The airline has been preparing for a trans-Tasman bubble for a few months, bringing furloughed crew back onboard and ensuring they are up to speed with training, along with making sure its international airports and lounges are ready for the influx of customers.

Customers will be required to wear masks during travel to and from Australia and screening questions will be asked at check-in.

Flight schedules

AucklandStart dateFrequency
Brisbane 19 April1-2 flights per day
Melbourne 19 April1-3 flights per day
Sydney 19 April3-5 flights per day
Perth19 April (subject to approval)6-7 flights per week
Gold Coast19 April6-7 flights per week
Adelaide5 May3-4 flights per week
Sunshine Coast28 June3 flights per week
Cairns29 June3 flights per week
HobartTBC2 flights per week
WellingtonStart dateFrequency
Brisbane19 April3-5 flights per week
Melbourne19 April4-6 flights per week
Sydney19 April6-10 flights per week
ChristchurchStart dateFrequency
Brisbane19 April5-7 flights per week
Melbourne19 April6-7 flights per week
Sydney19 April7-11 flights per week
Gold Coast24 April1-3 flights per week
QueenstownStart dateFrequency
Melbourne19 April3-5 flights per week
Sydney19 April4-7 flights per week
Brisbane5 May3 flights per week

Air New Zealand’s international flexibility policy was recently extended so customers with flights scheduled to depart before 11:59pm on 31 December 2021 have the ability to opt into credit or make a change to the date or time of the flight with change fees waived (fare difference may still apply).

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