It was hugs and tears all spherical right now as household and pals reunited on the primary day of the trans-Tasman bubble.
1000’s of individuals flew into New Zealand right now from Australia on quarantine-free flights.
RNZ photographers and reporters had been at Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown airports capturing the emotional reunions on digicam.
Reporter Tess Brunton and digicam operator Simon Rogers – each Australians – had been on the primary flight leaving Auckland this morning, heading to Sydney.
By 9.30am, 10 flights had departed Auckland for Australia and Brunton and Rogers had virtually arrived in Australia. They had been welcomed at Sydney Airport by drag queens and Kylie Minogue’s Cannot Get You Out Of My Head blaring over the loud speaker.
In the meantime, in Auckland, individuals had been beginning to collect to welcome family members arriving from Australia.
Air New Zealand estimated roughly three-quarters of passengers crossing the ditch right now can be household and pals reuniting after months aside.
The primary industrial flight to reach from Australia was from Sydney. It arrived in Auckland about 12.30pm, an hour after it was due.
Lily was on the airport ready for her finest pal Lilli. She stated the 2 of them cried on the telephone when she booked her flight.
Lastly, Lilli arrived.
Wellington Airport had not acquired any worldwide passengers by its terminal in additional than a yr – till right now.
Staff created an enormous black ‘welcome whānau’ signal yesterday, simply in time for the trans-Tasman bubble flights.
Christchurch additionally welcomed its first quarantine-free flight this afternoon.
Queenstown Airport had a band, face painters and stilt performers able to welcome individuals arriving from Australia.
After touching down, the primary quarantine-free flight into Queenstown went by the water arch – a salute to welcome the particular guests.
Passengers onboard Qantas Flight 121 had been welcomed by cheers from the bottom crew.
About 100 passengers had been onboard the flight, the primary into the city in 387 days.
This Canberra couple had been on the primary flight into Queenstown. They’ve by no means been to the resort city earlier than, however made the particular journey for his or her honeymoon.