The Tasmanian state capital will soon become the airline’s 10th Australian destination.
Though plans for the much-anticipated trans-Tasman “travel bubble” between Australia and New Zealand appear to have stalled for the moment, holidaymakers on both sides of the Ditch can look forward to flying a new route once quarantine-free travel resumes in the coming months. Air New Zealand has announced that it will debut a twice-weekly nonstop service between Auckland and Hobart, Tasmania’s arts-minded capital, as soon as current entry restrictions are lifted.
In a statement, Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran said the upcoming service would provide a much-needed economic boost to New Zealand’s tourism industry. “Our Hobart–Auckland route will open a direct link between 540,000 potential Tasmanian tourists and our biggest city, with regional hot spots like Queenstown and Rotorua a short skip away,” he explained. “We’ll be providing flights on Thursdays and Sundays to make the most of domestic connectivity and provide the best long weekend options for travelers.”
Similarly, Tasmania-bound Kiwis will be able to fly to Hobart without stopping over in cities on the Australian mainland such as Sydney and Melbourne, cutting down on overall travel times. Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said he was hopeful the new nonstop route would encourage New Zealanders “to consider booking their next holiday in Tassie and see what we have to offer.”
A final contract agreement is still pending, but once the deal is signed and Air New Zealand secures both government and regulatory approval, the airline will be flying year-round between Auckland and Hobart using its fleet of Airbus A320neos. Tickets will go on sale once quarantine-free travel across the Tasman restarts.
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