Gold Coast Mayor hopeful for direct flights with New Zealand by winter

The Gold Coast Mayor is anticipating good news for the city if New Zealand gets on board with the trans-Tasman travel bubble.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to announce a start date for the quarantine-free, two-way travel bubble today.

At the moment, airline booking systems suggest that April 12 or 19 is the most likely commencement date.


However, NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently said there were a number of requirements that had to be met before she could consider taking in Aussies.

That includes adequate contact tracing measures, management of transit passengers and appropriate response procedures in the event of an outbreak.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says this would mean great things for us, with a huge kiwi population here eager to be reunited with friends and family across the ditch.

“For the international market, the Kiwis are our number one market.

“So our domestic has been strong, but to ad the New Zealand market – the number one market straight up and to have a safe bubble, that’s a huge uplift.

“And then we can look at how we can operate other ones. but we have to tread carefully, any misstep can put us back,” Mayor Tate said this morning.

The planning is happening now for direct flights in and out of the Gold Coast, but it’s understood that if the travel bubble begins, flights will only start out of Sydney.

“When it’s landed in Sydney, they go first, but then we’ll be right behind them. Hopefully, we can get it right and it will remain open.

“So for those skiers wanting to go New Zealand, I reckon we can start planning for that,” the Mayor hinted.

More information is expected to be announced today.

Earlier article: New Zealand to announce travel bubble start date today