Emotions run high as first direct flight in more than a year from New Zealand lands in Adelaide

emotions run high as first direct flight in more than a year from new zealand lands in adelaide

After 477 days apart, Rachel Thompson finally had her grandson back in her arms, as the first direct flight from New Zealand landed in Adelaide after more than a year.

Her daughter Milly, who lives in Auckland with her fiance and son George, is visiting South Australia to spend time with her mother.

The child, who is shy of turning two years of age, was only nine months old the last time he saw his grandmother.

A “very excited” Rachel, of Semaphore, said she’d spend the next two weeks reconnecting with her daughter and going to the beach.

She joked she would retire early to spend more time with her visitors who she missed dearly.

“I didn’t realise it was the first (direct) flight to Adelaide. We just booked as soon as we had clearance,” Ms Thompson said.

Milly said she couldn’t describe how happy she felt, and it would be “very difficult” to leave when she returned home.

“I just home mum can visit us in New Zealand,” she said.

Camera IconRachel Thompson hugs her daughter Milly and grandson George, who she hadn’t seen for 477 days. NCA NewsWire / Brenton Edwards Credit: News Corp Australia
Camera IconThe trio were reunited after Milly and George arrived on the first direct flight from New Zealand to Adelaide as part of the trans-Tasman bubble…

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