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'I thought we were never going to make it' – First flights in months from New Zealand to Australia

For the first time in months, flights between New Zealand and Australia resumed on Friday morning with more than 350 passengers making the journey.

One passenger, who visited New Zealand for a short holiday with her mother, ended up being stuck there for seven months.

“That was very unusual, very different! But I’m so happy,” passenger Bledys Tunon said upon arriving. “I thought we’re never going to make it!'”

Qantas, Jetstar, Air New Zealand and Qatar Airways have all relaunched their services between the two countries in what has been defined as a safe travel zone.

“I’m going to see my wife and children for the first time in over four months,” said passenger Bryce Beauchamp in Auckland just before his flight.

“It’s an important first step in the gradual and safe reopening of borders, something we’ve been working on for some time with our colleagues across the Tasman,” said Auckland Airport chief executive Adrian Littlewood.

Australians are still not allowed to travel to New Zealand.

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