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Tasmania Lands First International Flights Since 1990s

Tasmania is slated to get its first regularly-scheduled international flights in 23 years next month, as Air New Zealand will launch flights between Auckland and Hobart in April, Simple Flying reports. The move comes amid speculation over quarantine-free travel between the two countries, rumors of which have begun to spread in recent weeks. Tasmania is an island state of Australia. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in November announced a deal to reestablish a travel link between Tasmania and New Zealand…

The AirlineGeeks Podcast Episode 30: Changing Travel Possibilities

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at last week’s episode of our news podcast. For our full analysis of each of these stories, you can listen to The AirlineGeeks Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Overcast or through our distributor, Anchor.…

Australia and New Zealand Travel Bubble Is On The Horizon

Australia's aviation industry is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as the demand for domestic travel has been surging. Meanwhile, the travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia is on the horizon as New Zealand gave the green light to launch the corridor in early 2021, however,…

Cathay Pacific Introduced Covid-19 Insurance

Cathay Pacific Airways needs to lure the essential travel and boost passengers’ confidence after being hit by the coronavirus. The airline has introduced a free Covid-19 insurance to its passengers for the trips are commenced between Dec. 7 and Feb. 28 inclusive. Per a Cathay Pacific press release, the coverage…

Hong Kong, Zhuhai Airports Deepen Cooperation

Hong Kong's Airport Authority (HKAA), which operates Hong Kong International Airport, is attempting to strengthen its role as an international aviation hub during the pandemic. According to the Hong Kong government’s latest policy address, HKAA is set to buy a stake in Zhuhai Airport, located close to nearby Macau. While…

Emirates to Deploy A380s in Response to Increased Travel Demand…

Emirates will be operating its Airbus A380 aircraft four times a day to London's Heathrow Airport from Nov. 27 in addition to six times per week to Manchester beginning Dec. 2. The Dubai-based carrier will also deploy additional A380 services to Moscow, increasing the frequency from the current twice weekly,…

Air New Zealand Planning More Australia Flights as Quarantine Period…

After a seven-month hiatus, the Australian government announced that New Zealand citizens are granted to travel New South Wales and Northern Territory without a 14-day quarantine. The new policy begins on Oct. 16 as New Zealand’s coronavirus curve has been flattened. However, Australians are not being allowed to travel to…

Indian Aircraft Could Gradually Return to International Skies Soon

A month after resuming domestic travel, the Indian government expects that domestic travel numbers will reach 150,000 daily travelers before mid-July and believes traffic may reach full capacity by the end of 2020. “We started with 30,000 passengers on May 25 and since then have had a maximum of 72,000…

Travel Bubbles Hinder Return of International Travel

COVID-19 threw a huge wrench into things across the world with the travel industry being one of the hardest hit as the virus traveled country to country via passengers on board. Some countries have handled this pandemic relatively well, others have not. This has led to a problem, the countries…