Coronavirus: First domestic flight for NZers quarantined in Auckland

Empty airport.
Empty airport. Photo credit: Getty

The first domestic flight has taken place for New Zealanders who returned from overseas after entry restrictions were imposed.

Nearly 60 passengers flew from Auckland, where they had been staying in Government quarantine in hotels, to either Wellington or Christchurch.

All passengers on the flight went through health checks before they took off and are required to self-isolate once they land.

To qualify for the special Government-chartered flight, passengers had to be able to get to a self-isolation location within five hours of landing.

A total of 34 passengers went to Wellington and 23 went to Christchurch.

The National Crisis Management Centre said in the next few days, two to three flights a day would fly similar routes.