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    Bubble burst: Jacinda Ardern suspends New Zealand travel bubble with Australia for at least 8 weeks

    The post Bubble burst: Jacinda Ardern suspends New Zealand travel bubble with Australia for at least 8 weeks appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. The New Zealand government has announced the suspension of travel bubble with Australia, saying the threat from ongoing Delta COVID-19 outbreaks is now far too great. The suspension will be in place for at least the next eight weeks from today. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the Delta variant has materially changed the risk profile. “Now is the time for a suspension to ensure new Zealanders aren’t put at undue risk from COVID-19. Our team of 5 million has worked hard…

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    American Airlines suspends fights to Australia

    The post American Airlines suspends fights to Australia appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. American Airlines is pulling out of Australia after the federal government again cut the cap on air arrivals into the country.  It is the first global carrier to completely halt all flights. It will be a suspension lasting from the end of August to late October. It impacts American’s Los Angeles-Sydney route. Australia decided to halve the caps in a bid to better manage hotel quarantine operations It takes the maximum number of inbound arrivals allowed from 6,070 passengers a week to just 3,035. Trade group the Board of Airline Representatives of Australia…

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    Australia will soon trial home quarantine

    The post Australia will soon trial home quarantine appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a home quarantine trial in South Australia for fully vaccinated travellers, which he said could pave the way for Australians to be allowed to leave and return. It may also see some Australians who are stranded overseas and want to return home avoid hotels and quarantine in their own country. Here’s what we know so far about the trial and what it might mean for future travel. How will it work? On Friday, the National Cabinet agreed to conduct a home quarantine trial, which would relieve pressure on…

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    Virgin Australia joins the campaign to accelerate vaccinations

    The post Virgin Australia joins the campaign to accelerate vaccinations appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Virgin Australia Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka joined other business leaders at the Operation COVID Shield National Business Partnership Forum meeting. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, LG John Frewen, Coordinator-General, National COVID Vaccine Taskforce & Professor Paul Kelly, Chief Medical Officer hosted the roundtable to discuss the Federal Government’s Vaccination program. Virgin Australia looks forward to working with the Federal Government to help protect the community and ensure we can keep our economy moving. Virgin Australia Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said “I welcome today’s constructive round table discussion between the Federal Government, businesses and…

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    Flight prices to Australia soar ahead of new arrival caps

    The post Flight prices to Australia soar ahead of new arrival caps appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Airlines were already struggling to operate long-haul flights to Australia with 50-60 passengers onboard; with the reduced caps beginning in mid-July, they will have no choice but to raise fares or cease operations. Airlines serving routes into Australia, particularly those from London or Dubai, have been warned not to overcharge stranded residents attempting to return home. After Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced last Friday that Australia will temporarily reduce its intake of international passengers by 50 per cent from July 14 from 6000 per week to just 3000, there…