Flights To New Zealand Have Dropped To $69 After Airline Launched Tasman Sale
As we begin the inevitable descent into Australia's autumn, many of us will find ourselves wondering whether to head overseas to stave off the sadness.
Well, if you want to go to a different country but don't want to take out a small mortgage, then you can always pop across the Tasman and see our Kiwi mates.
That can often cost a fair bit, but Air New Zealand is launching a sale today to help make it easier for everyone to travel.
In the deal, you can go from Melbourne to Auckland for just $69 one way, with the fare jumping to $79 for people travelling to/from Brisbane and Sydney. Melbourne to Christchurch will set you back just $69 but it'll be a tenner more if you're going to/from Brisbane. If you wanted to visit Wellington then it'll cost $79 to fly from Sydney.
The Kiwi airline says the sale is partly due to the decline in overseas tourists coming to their shores because of the coronavirus. Australia and New Zealand are among the countries around the world that have installed bans on people visiting if they have recently been in China.
Air New Zealand chief revenue officer Cam Wallace told the New Zealand Herald: "Customers are going to get some ridiculously good deals on flights across the Tasman.
"Like all airlines we have seen some softness in demand on routes like the Tasman where we now have some empty seats due to travellers mainly from Asian destinations not connecting between New Zealand and Australia.
"Kiwis and Aussies are going to be able to head away for holidays or to see family and friends or do business for cheaper than a night's accommodation at most hotels."
New Zealand introduced the travel ban earlier this month with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying it was simply precautionary.
She added that her country was prepared for an outbreak of COVID-19, however authorities instructed the best course of action would be to limit the number of people coming from China where the virus first started.
"We have a national supply of critical clinical equipment that is ready to be deployed as needed," the Prime Minister said.
When asked whether international students would be affected, Ms Ardern added: "We would need to be satisfied that any health risk could be practically managed, with the education sector able to reassure us and the public that it has credible self-isolation and accommodation plans in place."
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