Time to book a New Zealand vacation? Qantas boss says a two-way travel bubble will happen in the new year
- International travel could be an option again for eager Australians in 2021
- Qantas boss Alan Joyce believes that Australians will soon be vacationing in New Zealand
- The vaccines are expected to arrive in January, but distribution will take months
Qantas boss Alan Joyce believes Australians will be vacationing in New Zealand in a few months.
Speaking of sunrise Monday morning, Joyce said he was optimistic that the two-way travel bubble would happen early next year.
“We have always believed in the possibility of these ‘bubbles’ between nations,” he said.
“On the way to Australia, New Zealand could open both ways early in the New Year – it’s a huge market for everyone.”
Qantas boss Alan Joyce believes that Australians will be vacationing in New Zealand in a few months
When Joyce spoke about sunrise on Monday morning, he was optimistic about the two-way travel bubble early next year (Image: Passengers will be greeted by the Qantas crew in September).
New Zealanders have been able to travel to New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory last month without having to go to hotel quarantine upon arrival.
The deal is a one-way street, however, meaning Kiwis returning home have yet to complete their 14-day mandatory isolation in secure hotels at the cost of $ 2,050.
Australian tourists are still not allowed to travel to New Zealand.
Mr Joyce predicted the agreement between the two nations will soon change and has begun planning to revive business.
He is also optimistic that other international routes will come back into action next year.
The company plans to get its long-haul aircraft out of storage by the middle of next year, he said.
“We always planned to start reactivating our international long-haul aircraft in July next year and getting many of our employees back to work,” he said.
“The news about the vaccines is very positive, which I think is great for this plan to reopen the border.”
Qantas was hit by the coronavirus pandemic when international travel stalled as Australian borders closed
Predicting the agreement between the two nations to change soon, Mr Joyce has begun planning to revitalize business (Image: Tongariro National Park, New Zealand).
Tourism Secretary Simon Birmingham expected international travel to resume in 2021 and coronavirus vaccines to arrive in January.
Senator Birmingham said overseas travel “could be challenging” in the first six months of the year, but there is a good chance of resuming in the second half of the year.
“The introduction of production, distribution, intake and all the other factors that help a vaccine change the way we look at things around this pandemic,” he told Sky News on Sunday’s program.
The Australian government had supply agreements with several companies that led the race to develop a vaccine.
A nasal spray with the potential to fight COVID-19 and other viral infections of the respiratory tract is also being tested in the hope of domestically manufactured.
The AstraZeneca vaccine, made by biotech giant CSL, is slated to be ready by December 28th
Australians could book a trip abroad with coronavirus vaccines within a few months, which are expected to arrive in January (Image: passengers boarding at Sydney Airport)
The federal government announced, together with a private partner, that it would provide US $ 11.7 million to finance the tests as part of the Biomedical Translation Fund.
“This investment will continue the proud Australian tradition of discovery and translation that save lives and improve lives,” said Health Secretary Greg Hunt in a statement.
The first vaccines are expected to arrive on New Years Day, but most Australians may have to wait months to receive the sting.
The AstraZeneca vaccine, made by the biotech company CSL, is slated to be ready by December 28, but has to complete its clinical trials.
After that, it will have to be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which is expected to delay the launch of the jab until late January.
That would be much earlier than Mr Hunt’s earlier prediction that the first dose of a successful vaccine won’t be available until March.