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Aus PM: ‘Real Possibility’ Of Bubble Beyond Aus, NZ; Could Include Fiji

Australia has entertained the idea of a trans-Pacific bubble, which could include destinations such as Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga and/or the Solomon Islands. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said after meeting
02 Jun 2021 09:54
Aus PM: ‘Real Possibility’ Of Bubble Beyond Aus, NZ; Could Include Fiji
Fiji Airways A330 taking off from Sydney enroute to Nadi. Photo airliners.net

Australia has entertained the idea of a trans-Pacific bubble, which could include destinations such as Fiji, Vanuatu, Tonga and/or the Solomon Islands.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said after meeting New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden: “We are very focused on supporting our Pacific family.

“The idea of a bubble that goes beyond New Zealand and Australia is a real possibility.”

According to Travel Weekly, sources with close ties to tourism and government officials in Fiji, the island nation was very close to kicking off a quarantine-free travel arrangement with Australia, before suffering a COVID-19 outbreak last month.

Speaking to Seven’s Sunrise, Qantas Group chief executive officer Alan Joyce said he was “excited” and “optimistic” about the possibility of a trans-Pacific travel bubble in the near future, but noted the national carrier would require certainty on the start date so it could prepare.

“We have the aircraft and we have the people,” he said.

“The more bubbles the better, because we can activate more aircraft, get more people back to work and help the tourism industries in the countries that are very dependent on tourism.”

Mr Morrison’s comments heaped further doubt on the federal government’s earlier plans of a travel bubble arrangement with Singapore coming to fruition, with the Asian neighbour recently hit with a COVID-19 outbreak of its own.

 

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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