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COVID-19: Travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand suspended for 3 more days

COVID-19: Travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand suspended for 3 more days

Earlier this week, the Australian government suspended the one-way travel bubble into Australia because of an outbreak of a more transmissible strain of COVID-19 at the Pullman Hotel, Auckland, one of New Zealand’s quarantine hotels. The initial suspension was for three days (72 hours) and would have expired today, Thursday at 2 pm.

Suspension extended

Today, Michael Kidd, the acting chief medical officer announced that the suspension would be extended for another three days through until Sunday 31 January 2021.

Test and isolate

There have been 12 arrivals in Australia of people who were resident in the Pullman Hotel at the relevant time. 3 have travelled on to Hong Kong and the remaining 9 are currently located in NSW (7) and Queensland (2). All are being located, contacted, tested and isolated.

Kidd is requesting that anybody who has arrived from New Zealand since 9 January get tested and self isolate until a negative result is notified. That advice applies especially to anyone who stayed at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland.

Auckland International Airport at 4:30 in the morning

2PAXfly Takeout

The aviation industry has a difficult road ahead when it comes to sustainability. It’s going to require a relative revolution in technology, with ‘electric planes’ or hydrogen planes, or some form of jet engine that doesn’t require a carbon based fuel. And that is going to require the development of an alternative to jet engines probably.

It’s a big ask. It will take time to develop.

This move to home grown and manufactured SAF is a first step – maybe even a baby step in a very long road of innovation. In the long run, US$200 million won’t even touch the sides.

Those Kiwi’s won’t be happy, but it is a necessary cautionary evil. Lets hope that the suspension is lifted on Sunday.

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