Families and loved ones embrace after the arrival of the first Air New Zealand flgiht in Wellington on the first day quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand in  over a year. Photograph: Ben McKay/EPA/

Hundreds of passengers from Australia began arriving in New Zealand airports on Monday after authorities reopened borders, a pandemic milestone that (...)

Prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern: ‘The Trans-Tasman travel bubble represents a start of a new chapter in our Covid response and recovery, one that people have worked so hard at.’ Photograph: Mark Coote/Bloomberg

After nearly a year shut off from the world, New Zealand is cracking open its borders, with a trans-Tasman travel bubble allowing two-way quarantine-f(...)

New Zealand’s national carrier, which employs 12,500 people, said the announced number of layoffs was a “conservative” assumption, and that it could rise if the domestic lockdown and border restrictions were extended. File photograph: Brendon O’Hagan/Bloomberg

Air New Zealand said on Tuesday nearly a third of its employees, about 3,500 people, will be laid off in the coming months, as it grapples with sever(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar making his address to the nation in a rare live broadcast. Handout photograph: RTÉ/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar won widespread acclaim for his televised address to the nation on St Patrick’s Day this week, but the address will also have le(...)

A Qantas Airways aircraft is docked at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia. Qantas is cutting almost all overseas flights and more than half its domestic schedule as the coronavirus outbreak paralyses travel worldwide. Photograph: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

Australia and Taiwan joined a growing list of countries offering financial aid to their ailing aviation sectors as global airlines announced deeper c(...)

Ryanair has said a full grounding of the fleet cannot be ruled out

The airline industry is warning that it must shed jobs and obtain state support to survive the coronavirus crisis, as carriers around the globe ground(...)

Ryanair airplanes are seen parked on the tarmac of the Rome-Ciampino International Airport. Photograph:Alberto Lingria/Reuters

Ryanair has said it expects to ground the majority of its aircraft fleet across Europe over the next seven to 10 days with a reduction of 80 per cent (...)

Going gooey: a racegoer using a hand santiser at Cheltenham racecourse to help curb the spread of coronavirus. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Image of the week: Race against time It was “full steam ahead” at this week’s Cheltenham Festival, perhaps the highest profile event to avoid being c(...)

A screen grab from the video, which mimics an Air New Zealand pre-flight safety briefing. Photograph: Air New Zealand/Twitter

New Zealand’s national airline has poked fun at Irish fans with a mock pre-match “safety tips” video ahead of the All Blacks’ Rugby World Cup quarter-(...)

Giant sculpture of Gollum, a character from The Hobbit,  in Wellington Airport. Amazon is to film its upcoming television series, The Lord of the Rings, in New Zealand. Photograph: Nick Perry/AP Photo

It is perhaps not the greatest of screen industry plot twists that Amazon’s $1 billion Lord of the Rings project is to be filmed in New Zealand. Other(...)

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