New Zealand says early July likely to resume tour with Australia

New Zealand says early July likely to resume tour with Australia

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Wellington: New Zealand on Thursday declined calls by business leaders to resume flights to Australia within a month.
An Australian and New Zealand trade lobby group said it intends to take an offer to governments this week to kick off a travel bubble between the pair’s capital cities, with a test flight starting soon from July 1.
Foreign Minister Winston Peters said plans to work on the blueprint for both countries to resume their visit have not been agreed, because the date was too early.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said earlier this month that September was the more realistic date for the resumption of flights.
“It will end for more Australians than us because they have got the federal system and they are still not flying interstate,” Peterson told reporters. He said it was not possible that the first flight would be the Wellington-Canberra route, as each country had more populous cities.
“I have nothing against Canberra, but I am for a mass population movement through demand rather than capital cities,” he said.
The declining number of active and new coronovirus cases in both countries has paved the way for the proposed relaxation of travel restrictions. New Zealand reported no new Kovid-19 cases for the 13th consecutive day on Thursday and only one active case. Australia has recorded daily single-digit and low double-digit numbers in recent weeks and the hospital has 490 active cases with just 25 people.


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