News for South Pacific

Niue Government: All inbound travellers to complete declaration and traveller pass

28 June, 2022

Niue's Office of the Secretary of the Government, via its official Facebook account, stated (23-Jun-2022) from 28-Jun-2022, all travellers into Niue by air must complete a declaration, and receive a traveller pass, prior to travel. This includes Niuean Citizens and residents, children and infants. 

Air New Zealand resumes Queenstown-Sydney service

28 June, 2022

Air New Zealand resumed Queenstown-Sydney service on 25-Jun-2022, scheduled to operate nine times weekly (aviacionline.com, 27-Jun-2022). According to OAG, Jetstar Airways and Qantas Airways also operate the route. 

Solomon Airlines welcomes Solomon Islands reopening with new schedule

27 June, 2022

Solomon Airlines welcomed (24-Jun-2022) news that mandatory quarantine requirements for inbound visitors will be reduced shortly and has published a new international schedule effective from 01-Aug-2022, reintroducing regular services between Solomon Islands and Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati, and connections to partner airline services from New Zealand, Asia and the US. Until the complete lifting of mandatory quarantine, international visitors to Solomon Islands must continue to follow the updated health protocols while accommodated at one of the approved 'Tourism Bubble' operators. The airline has also adjusted timings on selected domestic flights to Munda, Gizo, Seghe and Suavanao to allow for direct connections from international services on the Brisbane-Honiara route. Highlights of the new schedule include:

  • Honiara-Brisbane twice weekly;
  • Tarawa-Brisbane-Honiara-Tarawa to operate every fortnight;
  • Honiara-Port Vila-Nadi-Honiara weekly frequency;
  • Direct connection on Wednesdays from Munda onto the Honiara-Brisbane service;
  • Lomlom gains a second weekly frequency to and from Honiara via Santa Cruz on Tuesdays and Thursdays;
  • Honiara-Auki-Honiara service will operate twice daily on Monday. [more - original PR]

Rex announces multiple new agency partnership agreements

24 June, 2022

Regional Express (Rex) signed (24-Jun-2022) multiple agreements with Flight Centre, Helloworld, Webjet, Consolidated Travel and Corporate Travel Management. Rex's agreement with Flight Centre is for a period of 10 years. All agreements will be in effect from Jul-2022. The agreements are expected to result in more than doubling Rex's annual domestic jet revenues in FY2023, compared to its annualised domestic jet revenues with no increased fleet size. Revenue on the airline's regional network is also expected to be improved. [more - original PR]

Qantas Airways expands Qantas Distribution Platform

21 June, 2022

Qantas Airways expanded (21-Jun-2022) global access to the Qantas Distribution Platform with the addition of nine countries across Europe, Asia and the Pacific, enabling more agents to access Qantas' retailing technology. [more - original PR]

Qantas Airways seeking corporate customer input on SAF offset programme extension

20 June, 2022

Qantas Airways commenced (19-Jun-2022) discussions with major corporate customers about their interest in accessing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) offsets for their organisations' aeronautical activities. The input will inform the design of a programme that could also be extended to individuals in an expansion of Qantas' existing offsetting programme. The new programme is expected to launch later in 2022. [more - original PR]

CarbonClick and Locomote enter agreement for sustainable business travel

17 June, 2022

CarbonClick and Locomote entered (08-Jun-2022) a partnership to provide a new way for businesses to manage their sustainability when travelling. The partnership enables Locomote customers to offset the carbon impact of their flights by contributing to a selection of verified projects. The carbon offsetting projects support reforestation, biodiversity and the development of clean energy. [more - original PR]

New Zealand's Government amends coronavirus travel restrictions

16 June, 2022

New Zealand's Minister for COVID-19 Response Ayesha Verrall stated (15-Jun-2022) travellers to New Zealand will no longer need a coronavirus pre-departure test from 23:59 on 20-Jun-2022. Ms Verrall stated: "We had intended to remove the requirement for travellers to have a pre-departure test by 31 July. But with cases continuing to decline despite over 387,000 arrivals since borders reopened there is evidence this measure can now be lifted". Ms Verrall added: "In order to understand what new strains of COVID are arriving at the border travellers will still be required to self-test on Day 0/1 and again on Day 5/6. If the result of either test is positive, they must then get a PCR test". Additionally, from 23:29 on 20-Jun-2022 passengers transiting through New Zealand will no longer need to be vaccinated, nor be required to complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration. Ms Verral stated: "Travellers with COVID-19 like symptoms (e.g. Hayfever) will also be able to choose between showing a negative COVID test, or a certificate from a health professional stating that they are unlikely to have COVID-19 before travelling". The maximum penalty for reaching the Air Border Order's vaccination requirement will also be reduced from NZD4000 (USD2516) to NZD1000 (USD629). [more - original PR]

Australia to lift mask mandate for airport terminals

15 June, 2022

Australia's Government acknowledged (14-Jun-2022) the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee's (AHPPC) recommendation that mask wearing no longer be mandated in airport terminals from as early as 23:59 on 17-Jun-2022. Masks will still be required on all flights. State and territory jurisdictions will implement the necessary changes to public health orders from 17-Jun-2022. AHPPC has reviewed the COVID-19 situation in Australia and considers it no longer proportionate to mandate mask wearing in the terminals. AHPPC also noted all states and territories have relaxed mask mandates in most community settings. AHPPC will continue to actively consider mask wearing on flights and will issue further advice. [more - original PR]

Air New Zealand reports strong bookings, business travel at 90% of pre-coronavirus levels

10 June, 2022

Air New Zealand stated (10-Jun-2022) it continues to record strong passenger booking activity on short haul and international services following the opening of New Zealand's border. Domestic demand improved in recent weeks with business related demand returning to approximately 90% of pre-coronavirus levels. [more - original PR]

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