Thousands of Kiwis, Australians flock to buy airline tickets across the ditch

Tens of thousands of Kiwis and Aussies booking flights across the ditch in the hours after the Transtasman bubble announcement yesterday.

That’s according to Air New Zealand, who called it a “record sales day on the Tasman.”

The airline’s chief executive officer Greg Foran said he was thrilled the airline could play a part in reuniting friends and whānau across the Tasman.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced yesterday that quarantine-free travel between the countries will begin from April 19.

Auckland-Sydney was the most popular route yesterday and has seen the largest growth in bookings to date, Foran said.

“We expect this is a mixture of friends and family making up for a year of missed milestones, and business travellers keen to get moving again.”

At the same time, there had been really strong bookings for Australians coming to check out New Zealand, Foran said.

“Queenstown will see an influx of Aussies in July and September and we expect to see a bigger boost around the country for the July school holidays. It’s promising to be a busy ski season for the mountains.

“We’ve certainly been looking forward to this moment for a few months now, so to finally have the bubble open is terrific. This will be a great boost for the New Zealand economy and tourism sector.”

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