Select Page

COVID-19: Sydney–New Zealand 48 hour suspension of fights

COVID-19: Sydney–New Zealand 48 hour suspension of fights

Well if you wanted to know what will happen to the trans-Tasman travel bubble if there were two cases of community transmission in one state – now you do.

New Zealand has suspended flights from Sydney for the next 48 hours from midnight Thursday 6 May. After those 48 hours the suspension will be reviewed and may cease, or maybe extended.


The 2 cases have now been serologically linked to a case in quarantine, but how the virus was transmitted, since there was no apparant contact remains a mystery. It’s possible there is a missing link.

The Sydney outbreak involves an Indian variant of COVID-19, but not a “variant of concern”, according to NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant.

New restrictions in Sydney

The community transmission has also sparked the re-introductions of some restrictions for metropolitan Sydney, including restrictions on gatherings and mask wearing on public transport and other public spaces.

a woman sitting on a balcony overlooking a city

New restrictions on domestic travellers from Sydney

Queensland and Western Australia have are imposing quarantine restrictions on travellers who have been in exposure sites in NSW. You can check here.

If you are heading to Queensland from NSW and have been in an exposure site listed in the latest Sydney COVID-19 cluster then you will need to enter hotel quarantine from 1:00 am tomorrow.

WA wants anyone who has visited an NSW exposure site to self-quarantine for 14 days with a COVID test on days 2 and 12.

a plane on the runway

What happens next?

New Zealand’s Minister For COVID-19 Response, Chris Hipkins said:

“Those people who have travelled to New Zealand from New South Wales over the past six days will be contacted. They will be asked, if they have been in one of the locations of interest, to isolate and to seek a test.”

If you are planning to travel to NZ in the next 48 hours or so – contact your travel agent or the airline concerned. I’d try all methods – direct message on twitter, facebook and try the actual phone number

If you are scheduled to travel in the next 48 hours – expect cancellation of your flight, and start planning what you might do.

Flights already appear to be being cancelled:

a screenshot of a flight schedule
Screen grab from Sydney Airport

It also looks like at least one of both Qantas and Air New Zealand flights to Sydney are cancelled for tomorrow.

2PAXfly Takeout

This is another timely reminder to wear your seatbelt when seated. Holding you close to your seat will protect you from the sort of injuries sustained on this flight, when unsecured passengers flew to the ceiling of the aircraft, and then came crashing down once the ‘drop’ ceased.

The hope will be that this is an anomaly – a ‘freak accident’ in casual parlance. If it is a systemic error either mechanical or electronic, then this is a larger concern for the airlines that fly Boeing Dreamliner 787 aircraft. Let’s hope it isn’t. If it is, it will pile on the woes to Boeing’s existing stack.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Previously . . .

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive regular updates about 2PAXfly.

Reviews, deals, offers, and most of all opinion will be in your inbox.

We won't spam you, and we won't share your details with others.

Newsletter Regularity

You have Successfully Subscribed!