The long-awaited trans-Tasman travel bubble is finally here, with quarantine-free travel in both directions between Australia and New Zealand starting on Monday, 19 April! To celebrate, Qantas is reopening its flagship international First Class lounges in Sydney and Melbourne from the same date – and even Qantas Club, Gold members and Business class passengers will have access to them.
In a normal year, Qantas welcomes more than a million customers through the doors of its international First and Business lounges at Sydney Airport. Since late March 2020, that number has been zero. Now, nobody seems more excited for the international lounges to begin reopening than the lounge staff themselves!
Episode 58 of the fortnightly “AFF on AIR” podcast includes details about the trans-Tasman travel bubble (what happens if it bursts), and part of Qantas CEO Alan Joyce’s speech about the launch of trans-Tasman flights, the reopening of Qantas’s international lounges and the strong recovery of Australia’s domestic aviation market.
Also in this episode, Matt chats to Carl Herve, a Qantas employee who started a successful bakery business while stood down during the COVID-19 crisis. Although he’s now back working full-time in Qantas’ head office, Carl’s business has become so successful that he still bakes on the weekend – and even Qantas is now a customer!
Finally, find out how to get a Gold status fast-track with Qantas, Air New Zealand or Singapore Airlines thanks to three lucrative new offers.
Listen now to AFF on AIR Episode 58: “Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble Opens”
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