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Air New Zealand is thrilled to announce it is adding Hobart as its tenth Australian destination.

Media release – Air New Zealand Communications, 19 March 2021

Air New Zealand sets sights on Hobart

Air New Zealand is thrilled to announce it is adding Hobart as its tenth Australian destination.

The airline will be launching a non-stop service between Hobart and Auckland once quarantine-free travel is up and running.

Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran says he expects this new route to be a great attraction for both Tasmanians and Kiwis.

“This route will be a much-needed economic boost for the tourism industry. Pre-COVID-19, Tasmania was the largest Australian port unserved by a direct route from New Zealand, and in 2019 nearly 57,000 passengers travelled from New Zealand to Tasmania, so we expect this new route to stimulate even greater demand between the two destinations.

“We’ll be providing flights on Thursdays and Sundays to make the most of domestic connectivity and provide the best long weekend options for travellers.”

While Tasmania will be a key destination for Kiwis, the route will open opportunities for Tasmanians to explore more of New Zealand too.

“We know Tasmanians love to visit New Zealand and this non-stop service to Auckland will make it that much easier to get out into our great outdoors and access our winter playgrounds.

“Australian visitors will be able to connect to the other 19 ports we fly to in New Zealand. So with a flight time of just four hours to Auckland, customers are only a short skip away from the ski fields of the South Island, the vineyards of the central plateau, and the culture and history of Northland.”

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Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein says the announcement today of the new non-stop flights to Hobart from New Zealand is a significant opportunity for both destinations.

“I am very pleased that this service will enable us to welcome more New Zealanders to our State and encourage them to consider booking their next holiday in Tassie and see what we have to offer.”

Subject to final contract agreement, and government and regulatory approval, the airline will be flying year-round between Auckland and Hobart twice weekly using its A320neo fleet. Tickets will go on sale once quarantine-free travel across the Tasman is available.

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Media release – Peter Gutwein, Premier, 9 March 2021

Air New Zealand soars into Hobart

For the first time in over 20 years, Tasmania will welcome direct flights from across the Tasman with Air New Zealand to introduce a new direct flight service between Auckland and Hobart.

We’ve reached an agreement with Air New Zealand for a new twice-weekly service which will fly on Thursday and Sundays and is due to begin around Anzac Day, with the possibility of a third flight as demand increases.

Yesterday I met with the Hobart International Airport who advised that it will be ready to accept the flights with their terminal work nearing completion. I also want to acknowledge the Australian Government who will stand up the Australian Border Force arrangements to be in place for the commencement of the new flights.

The introduction of this new international service into Tasmania is great news for our community and our tourism industry as it will bring more visitors to our shores who are keen to spend, as well as opening up new areas for Tasmanians keen to travel.

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Tasmania welcomed 25,000 visitors per year from New Zealand prior to COVID-19, so we only expect this to increase without the requirement to transit via the mainland.

Tasmania has some of the best tourism experiences in the world, and I’m sure New Zealanders will be very keen to fly directly here, travel around the State and see what we have to offer.

Tourism Tasmania has also been raising awareness of Tasmania as a unique and safe holiday destination in New Zealand through the Come Down for Air marketing campaign since January 2021.

Flights will become available for booking in coming days, and I look forward to welcoming the first flight from Auckland into Hobart International Airport when it arrives.

I will also be writing to the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adern to invite her to visit our beautiful state, the jewel in the crown of Australian destinations, at the earliest opportunity.

Source: Tasmanian Times

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