19 Apr 2021

Live: Trans-Tasman bubble opens between NZ and Australia - tearful reunions expected

5:14 pm on 19 April 2021

Emotions were high as Australians and New Zealanders made use of the first day of the trans-Tasman bubble, more than a year after Covid-19 closed the country's borders.

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Thousands of travellers are expected to fly across the Tasman today, with Auckland Airport having most of the trans-Tasman flights. International terminals at Wellington and Queenstown airports will be open for the first time since March last year.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australia's Scott Morrison are celebrating the travel bubble.

In a joint statement, the prime ministers say the arrangement reflects the sustained efforts of both countries to manage the coronavirus.

They say the travel bubble will help drive the economic recovery for both countries while they continue to navigate the Covid-19 global pandemic, especially in the travel and tourism sectors.

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