Virgin Australia set to return to New Zealand in March

The news comes after the government announced moves towards a trans-Tasman bubble.
The news comes after the government announced moves towards a trans-Tasman bubble. Photo credit: Newshub

Virgin Australia will return to New Zealand skies, so long as the trans-Tasman bubble goes ahead as expected.

In a statement, the airline confirmed it has airfares on sale for flights beginning March 28 2021.

Virgin Australia plans at least 70 services to New Zealand per week:

  • Auckland-Brisbane (14 services per week) 
  • Auckland-Melbourne (7 services per week) 
  • Auckland-Coolangatta Gold Coast (7 services per week) 
  • Auckland-Sydney (7 services per week) 
  • Christchurch-Brisbane (7 services per week) 
  • Christchurch-Melbourne (5 services per week) 
  • Wellington-Brisbane (7 service per week) 
  • Queenstown-Brisbane (up to 9 services per week) 
  • Queenstown-Melbourne (4 services per week) 
  • Queenstown-Sydney (up to 7 services per week) 

The airline said it welcomed the New Zealand Government's announcement on Monday regarding the opening of quarantine-free travel between Aotearoa and Australia.

"The New Zealand Government's in principle decision to establish quarantine-free travel with Australia early next year is very much welcomed and provides further confidence for travellers and those looking to do business  across the Tasman," a spokesperson for the airline said.

"While services are currently on sale from late March, the decision gives us time to prepare aircraft and crew for re-entry into New Zealand skies. We'll continue to review and adjust our schedule in line with demand and the start dates for quarantine-free travel being worked through by the respective governments."