TRAVEL BUBBLE: First flights from NZ to land in Australia today

Australia’s travel bubble with New Zealand will pop today, with the first flights from across the ditch set to touch down on our shores.

Hundreds of kiwis are expected to arrive in Sydney on three flights on Friday, with the first Air New Zealand flight scheduled to arrive at 12.20pm.

A Jetstar and Qantas flight will follow, with more of our New Zealand friends on board.


It comes more than six months after Australia’s borders were closed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sydney Airport chief executive Geoff Culbert said he’s looking forward to the flights arriving.

“We haven’t welcomed people to Sydney in months that haven’t had to come through customs and go straight on to buses to hotel quarantine,” Sydney Airport chief executive Geoff Cuthbert told the AFR National Infrastructure Summit in Sydney yesterday.

Under the trans-tasman travel bubble deal, New Zealanders will not have to go into quarantine when they arrive in Australia and will be able to go about their holiday as normal.

However upon returning home, New Zealanders who have travelled to Australia will have to complete 14 days of quarantine at their own expense.

At this stage the travel deal is only one way and not reciprocated, with no word yet on when Aussies will be able to jump on a plane and cross the ditch.