(ANSA) – Sydney, April 19 – The first flights between Australia and New Zealand left this morning, united by a “bubble” that allows residents to travel without having to undergo a long quarantine.
Some families will be able to hug again after more than a year of separation. “It is an important and exciting day for families and friends,” said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, praising the success of the two countries in containing the virus enough to allow the establishment of a travel corridor, the first sign of an expected return to normalcy. The opening of the “bubble” was followed by a live broadcast by the main media in the two countries, with pictures and interviews.
Wellington Airport has a welcome sign written in large letters and also in Sydney an illuminated billboard with the words “We Missed” Australia was New Zealand’s main source of international tourism prior to the pandemic, accounting for about 1.5 million arrivals or 40% of all visitors in 2019. Australia It is also home to hundreds of thousands of New Zealand expats, and before the spread of the Coronavirus, there were many travelers traveling back and forth through Tasmania, a three-hour flight distance. (handle).
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