TTF Media Release

16 October 2020


TTF Australia CEO Margy Osmond said the return of one-way quarantine-free Trans-Tasman travel today between New Zealand and three Australian states was a very happy milestone moment for the tourism and aviation industry.

“Since the 28th of March we have had virtually not a single international passenger arrive at Sydney Airport without going into hotel quarantine, so today’s return of flights is a terrific moment for our international travel and aviation recovery,” Margy Osmond said.

“We must celebrate this opening of the door for reunions of loved ones that are so important in these difficult times. TTF will continue to work closely with airports, airlines and governments to complete the full two-way quarantine free Trans-Tasman Bubble.

“We know that tourism, travel, accommodation and aviation businesses will be rejoicing at the prospect of more New Zealand tourists, backpackers and business travellers having the opportunity to return to Australian cities from today onwards and in growing numbers as the Bubble progresses.

“Australians clearly wanted this to happen with recent Newgate Research revealing that 68 per cent of us want to see international travel with New Zealand commence in the lead-up to Christmas.

“While there is much more to do and more government support will be needed, quarantine-free international travel from New Zealand into NSW, the NT and the ACT from today is the historic first step on our long journey back to full international tourism recovery.”


Contact: TTF Manager Policy & Government Relations Lindsay Hermes 0418 948 447