It’s been an emotional day at the Gold Coast Airport, welcoming back the first flights from New Zealand as the trans-Tasman bubble finally opens.
The Gold Coast Airport went a step above the usual red carpet for our ‘Kiwi Cuzzies’, instead throwing a welcome party involving some local icons from MovieWorld, and traditional Indigenous and Maori dancers.
There was also a skydiving display featuring both national flags, and some Lamingtons on hand to revive the rivalry.
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The first flight from Auckland into the Gold Coast arrived around 10.30 am, with the first service back to Auckland departing around midday.
It’s the first time in over a year that Aussies and Kiwis have been able to cross the ditch without going into two weeks quarantine.
Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills says it’s been an incredible day, and the services are only just beginning, with 16 flights scheduled in the first week alone.
“We have been waiting more than 12 months for the restart of international travel and today it begins with one of the Gold Coast’s most important overseas markets and Australia’s closest neighbour.
“Given the impact of this separation on so many people, we are expecting to see lots of emotional reunions at Gold Coast Airport over the next few weeks.
“With 60,000 Kiwis living on the Gold Coast and the region rating highly on travel wish lists of New Zealand residents, we expect these services to be extremely popular in both directions,” Mr Mills said.
Qantas will join Jetstar and Air New Zealand in connecting the Gold Coast to Auckland from today.
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