First 'bubble' flights to Australia as Vic virus cases fall

Australia reopens borders to New Zealand travellers

From Friday, Kiwis will be able to travel to Sydney without having to quarantine on arrival.

Australia's largest city Sydney lifted quarantine restrictions on travelers from New Zealand on Friday while the second largest city, Melbourne, marked the 100th day of one the world's longest pandemic lockdowns.

Since March, Australia's borders have been closed to everyone except returning Australian citizens and residents and those with special permission.

Under the deal, New Zealanders can travel quarantine-free to Australia if they have not been to a Covid-19 hotspot for 14 days.

"It's a really good proof of concept, around the travel bubble, a good first step", Auckland Airport's aero commercial general manager Scott Tasker yesterday told 1 NEWS. There are now no hotspots in New Zealand.

However they will have to pay for their own quarantine in a hotel when they return to New Zealand.

A Jetstar and Qantas flight will follow, with more of our New Zealand friends on board.

Air New Zealand chief executive officer Greg Foran said in a statement the airline has introduced "quarantine" and "quarantine-free" flights to Australia in line with the safe travel zone requirements.

Passengers travelling under the safe travel zone will have to enter Australia on a "quarantine-free" flight.

Flight NZ103 will depart Auckland at 10.40am and will be a quarantine-free flight.

The airline said it was working through flights from October 25.

Upon arrival, passengers from New Zealand are kept separate from other passengers, who will be required to spend two weeks in quarantine.

Passengers are being warned if they want to interstate beyond New South Wales they will need to ensure they have checked state and territory travel restrictions and have the appropriate exemptions or approvals to travel as these continue to change.

Flight Centre's Victoria Courtney told Heather du Plessis-Allan there's huge demand with Air New Zealand's first flight tomorrow morning almost full.

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