Air New Zealand plans to add Hobart to its map, once "quarantine-free travel" is possible between Australia and trans-Tasman counterpart.
Currently, only passengers arriving into Australia on designated 'green' flights from NZ can escape the two-week lock-up, although New Zealand mandates quarantine for all international arrivals: even for those travelling from areas with zero cases of COVID-19.
Once those hurdles have been overcome, AirNZ would provide two return flights per week on the route, running on Thursdays and Sundays in each direction.
The schedule aims to provide "the best long weekend options for travellers," says AirNZ CEO Greg Foran.
"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."
The route would be Hobart International Airport's only regularly-scheduled international flight.
AirNZ plans to use its modern Airbus A320neo jets on the route, which fly in an all-economy configuration.
However, passengers pining for business class can book 'Works Deluxe' fares, which deliver an experience similar to EuroBusiness.
While sat in an economy-style seat, these guests get a guaranteed vacant seat beside them, as well as complimentary catering, checked baggage, entertainment with movies, and more.
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The long-awaited trans-Tasman bubble
Talk of a trans-Tasman travel bubble has now been circling for almost a year, with several mooted commencement dates having come and gone.
But this week, New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson was positive that borders would open soon.
"I’m very optimistic we’ll sort that out in reasonably short order. I don’t think we’re too far off," he told Radio New Zealand this week.
But, there are "a few issues still to talk through, including what we do in the event that there is an outbreak, how we manage people who aren’t in their home country at that time."
Prior to COVID-19, AirNZ offered regular and seasonal flights to nine Australian airports.
These included Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and Norfolk Island, with Hobart to be the airline's 10th Australian destination.