First NZ flight to Adelaide for a year set to land

The first direct flight between New Zealand and South Australia in over a year is set to touch down in Adelaide this morning, with incoming Kiwis to be greeted with a welcome party at the airport.

Photo: AAP/Bianca De Marchi

Photo: AAP/Bianca De Marchi

Air New Zealand flight 191 from Auckland is scheduled to land in Adelaide at 10:45am.

It is the first direct flight between South Australia and New Zealand since March 27, 2020, according to the State Government.

The milestone flight follows the opening of the Australia-New Zealand travel bubble on April 19, with the eastern states already enjoying a regular flow of travel to and from New Zealand.

Premier Steven Marshall said he looked forward to opening South Australia to its first international market since the beginning of the pandemic.

“Pre-COVID, New Zealand was South Australia’s fourth largest international inbound market, with a record 43,000 trips made by Kiwis to SA in 2019,” Marshall said.

“This is why New Zealand is such an important market for our state. It’s going to create and sustain tourism jobs as well as investment at a time the sector needs it the most.”

The premier said there has been a 30 per cent increase in visits to the South Australian Tourism Commission’s travel portal since the trans-Tasman bubble was announced.

A welcome party showcasing Coffin Bay oysters, Maggie Beer canapes, Bleasdale sparkling shiraz and other South Australian brands has been organised by Adelaide Airport in conjunction with the tourism commission.

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