Trans-Tasman travel bubble is six months away: Air NZ boss

Font Size:

Holding out for the Trans-Tasman bubble?

You’ll have to wait at least six months.

That’s the word from Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran, who says March 2021 is the very earliest any such bubble would exist.

Or much, much longer.

“I certainly do not believe we will see anything across the Tasman this calendar year. It’s hard to believe it would be before March next year and could well be longer,” he told the The Sydney Morning Herald.

“If it comes back quicker, we’re going to pop some champagne.”

Mr Foran said, ultimately, a bubble between Australia and New Zealand would not require a mandatory quarantine period.

However, he believes eliminating COVID-19 is looking increasingly unrealistic.

“Elimination, which is a worthy thing to go after, is probably not sustainable based on what we’re now learning, which is the vaccine is not going to be 100 per cent effective, not everybody is going to take it, and it’s going to take years to get distributed,” he said.

While a September bubble looked promising – for a while – those hopes were dashed when rising cases hit Victoria, followed by clusters in NSW and Auckland.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said rising cases in Melbourne were a major step back for trans-Tasman travel.

“Obviously this is going to be some time away now,” she said, adding that Australia would need at least 28 days of no community transmission before renewed talks of a bubble.

“Anywhere where we have COVID-free travel, they have to be free of community transmission for a period of time – that will be some time for Australia,” she said.

“It will be on the backburner for several months.”

Undaunted by New Zealand’s disinterest, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suggested potential bubbles could be established between regions that have no community transmission.

“For example, the whole of the South Island, that’s an area where there is no COVID,” he said.

“And so if we can get to the situation soon where those coming home from New Zealand are able to enter Australia without going into a 14-day quarantine in a hotel, or in the worst-case scenario, only having to do that in their home, then what that does is that frees up places in our hotel quarantine system.”

However, the PM’s first priority is to reopen state borders across Australia, after which he is keen to establish travel opportunities between neighbouring countries.

YourLifeChoices has reported on potential bubbles between several countries, including South Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Greece, Japan, Israel, some Pacific Island nations and Hawaii.

Are you keen to see a bubble between Australia and New Zealand? Of the countries mentioned above, which would you most like to visit should a bubble be created?

If you enjoy our content, don’t keep it to yourself. Share our free eNews with your friends and encourage them to sign up.

Join YourLifeChoices today
and get this free eBook!

Join
By joining YourLifeChoices you consent that you have read and agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy

RELATED LINKS

Hong Kong puts Australia on ‘travel bubble’ shortlist

Hong Kong says Australia is part of its travel bubble aspirations.

Indonesia toys with idea of Australian travel bubble

There are plans in the works to create an Australian-Indonesian travel bubble.

Over 100 travel bubble experiences

Dream trips are waiting for travel bans to lift.

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?

Contact:
LinkedIn
Email

3 Comments

Total Comments: 3
  1. 0
    0

    I would like to see Thailand included in the bubble. They have had virtually zero community transmission, a very low death rate and have a good public health system. Vietnam is in a similar position and could also be included in any bubble.

    I am much more interested in returning to Asia than going to New Zealand or some of the islands of the South Pacific.

    • 0
      0

      Thailand and Vietnam have many villages where Covid could still be rampant. Bali also wants to open its doors…. I have a friend there who says people are still dying…. third told countries don’t have the expertise to cover the millions of people..And they cover up because of economic reasons… sorry !

  2. 0
    0

    Why would we create bubbles with countries that still have large numbers of COVID cases? Looks like politicians trying to put yet another nail into Australia’s coffin. Maybe the powers that be want more Australians to die so they can justify more 457/482 visas to drive down labour costs for big employers. Gotta help them make more profit someway.


FACEBOOK COMMENTS



SPONSORED LINKS

continue reading

Age Pension

CPI figures point to an increase in the Age Pension in March

After pensioners were denied an Age Pension increase in September last year, due to a rare case of deflation in...

Diseases

MND breakthrough offers hope damaged nerve cells can be repaired

There is hope of a breakthrough in treating motor neurone disease (MND) after Edinburgh researchers found a way to repair...

Health

Avoid these common mistakes people make with bleach

Bleach is one of the most effective and least expensive disinfectants around, but it pays to remember it's not an...

COVID-19

Concerns over limited data on how vaccine will affect over-65s

There are growing concerns that the vaccine expected to be given to the majority of Australians when the rollout starts...

Nutrition

Making healthy eating more affordable

Eating a healthy diet is crucial to our mental and emotional health as well as our physical wellbeing. It can...

News

Hands up who's in the club that is wrecking the planet

Alex Baumann, Western Sydney University and Samuel Alexander, University of Melbourne Among the many hard truths exposed by COVID-19 is...

Stylewatch

The most iconic handbags of all time

While countless clothing trends have come and gone, certain handbags have remained desirable across the decades, as coveted now as...

Health news

Health check finds Australia is stressed and obese

One quarter (25.6 per cent) of Australians undergoing a health check have been identified as at risk of developing diabetes....

LOADING MORE ARTICLE...