Thousands booked to travel on first day of Australian travel bubble

Air NZ's CEO says it's going to be "day one of the airline's revival".
Air NZ's CEO says it's going to be "day one of the airline's revival". Photo credit: Newshub (File)

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Greg Foran is hyped up for next week's opening of the trans-Tasman travel bubble, saying Monday will go down in Aotearoa's history with more than 5000 passengers expected to travel.

"The accumulation of the opening of the trans-Tasman bubble and the start of the Kiwi school holidays has created a real sense of momentum and energy about the whole airline," Foran said.

"Monday will go down in history as one of the most monumental days for Air New Zealand and a real turning point for the airline. It's day one of our revival."

He described the airline's trans-Tasman routes as "firing on all cylinders".

"We estimate that three-quarters of our passengers crossing the ditch will be family and friends reuniting with loved ones. We're humbled to be part of these reunions and reconnecting people who have missed out on so much over the last year." 

Approximately 5200 passengers are booked, of which 3100 are travelling to New Zealand.

There are 30 Air NZ flights operating across the Tasman on Monday linking Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth and Sydney with Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

"This will build to more than 300 flights a week as we reach the peak New Zealand and Australia school holidays in July," Foran said.

Customers are being told to check-in at least three hours prior to departure on trans-Tasman flights. Masks are required onboard and in airports, and The Australian Travel Declaration must be completed at least 72 hours before departure.