Virgin says it won’t fly Australia-New Zealand until October despite bubble announcement

virgin says it wont fly australia new zealand until october despite bubble announcement

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced quarantine-free travel between her country and Australia later this month, but one major airline won’t take part.

Australians will have access to quarantine-free travel to New Zealand from 9.59pm AEST on Sunday, April 18, Ms Ardern said on Tuesday.

But the airline Virgin Australia said in a statement immediately after Ms Ardern’s press conference that it wouldn’t sell tickets between the two countries until October 31.

“While the airline remains committed to trans-Tasman flying when the market fully recovers, we are mindful of evolving border requirements which add complexity to our business as we push ahead with plans to grow our core domestic Australia operations,” a company spokesman said.

Camera IconVirgin Australia said in a statement immediately after Ms Ardern’s press conference that it wouldn’t sell tickets between New Zealand and Australia until October 31. NCA NewsWire/Christian Gilles Credit: News Corp Australia

“For this reason, we have suspended the sale of most New Zealand services until 31 October 2021. A limited schedule for flights to and from Queenstown will remain available for booking from 18 September 2021…

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