Prime Minister of Tasmania – International flights resume in Hobart to boost Tasmania’s tourism and economy

July 7, 2022

Michael Ferguson, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport







The Liberal Government of Tasmania is strengthening Tasmania’s future by bringing more tourism opportunities to our great state.

I was very pleased to arrive at Hobart Airport today to welcome the resumption of direct services between Hobart and Auckland, which marks an exciting new opportunity for international travel to and from Tasmania.

It was fantastic to see how eager New Zealanders are to come and explore what Tasmania has to offer.

Air New Zealand will operate its nonstop service twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays, with the aim of increasing to three services a week during the summer period.

Prior to the suspension of flights in July 2021 due to border restrictions, Air New Zealand reported Hobart to Auckland services as its best performing trans-Tasman route in an overall cautious market.

Market demand for this service is expected to rebound rapidly due to Tasmania’s safe destination status and incredible tourist experiences. Tasmania’s high-quality produce, stunning natural beauty, unique wildlife, and world-class arts and culture are some of our Kiwi neighbours’ greatest assets.

The return of direct international passenger flights is a very exciting step for Tasmania in a much needed boost for our tour operators recovering from the impacts of COVID-19.

I thank Australian Border Force officials for working so hard to support the resumption of international flights to and from Hobart.

Direct flights also offer exciting opportunities to access multiple destinations in the North American market with Air New Zealand serving six destinations across the United States and Canada, including Vancouver, Honolulu, Los Angeles and Houston, as well as New York from late September and Chicago. starting at October.

The ability to fly with one stopover to all of these destinations via Auckland is very attractive to Tasmanians and visitors alike.

With the resumption of direct flights, Tourism Tasmania is planning new marketing activities in New Zealand to capitalize on destination demand as well as promotional activities in its North American markets.

The world wants what Tasmania has and a more diverse trade and tourism strategy means more jobs and more opportunities for Tasmania.

Tasmania welcomes around 20,000 visitors each year from New Zealand, and we expect this to increase thanks to these new direct flights which, as well as benefiting the tourism industry, are helping more Tasmanians reconnect more easily with their family and friends on the other side of the divide.

The Prime Minister is leading a tourism and trade mission to New Zealand later this month as part of our plan to grow and diversify opportunities around the world.

The mission provides a fantastic opportunity to build on existing relationships, increase awareness of bilateral business and trade opportunities and secure business with key New Zealand travel partners to further support flights between Auckland and Hobart. .

Direct flights from Auckland to Hobart are on sale now at www.airnewzealand.com.au.

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