Air New Zealand doubles Norfolk Island flights from Brisbane, Sydney

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Norfolk Island will soon be even easier to access from the Australian mainland with Air New Zealand doubling its flights to the Australian external territory.

Between 9 November 2020 and 22 March 2021, Air NZ will introduce return flights on Mondays between Sydney and Norfolk Island, while return flights on Tuesdays will be also added to the Brisbane-Norfolk Island route between 9 February and 23 March 2021.

With each city already home to one weekly return flight, the boost doubles flights on both routes.

As an external territory of Australia, Norfolk Island is not subject to the Australian Government’s overarching ‘travel ban’, which only restricts travel to foreign countries, not to Australian territories.

BRISBANE-NORFOLK ISLAND

Flight numbersNZ914 (BNE-NLK), NZ915 (NLK-BNE)
Operating daysTuesdays, Saturdays (BNE-NLK)
Tuesdays, Fridays (NLK-BNE)
Distance911 miles / 1,466 km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time2 hours 15 minutes (BNE-NLK)
2 hours 25 minutes (NLK-BNE)
AircraftAirbus A321neo
Seating capacity214 passengers
Loyalty programAir New Zealand Airpoints
Rewards earned (one-way)Airpoints Dollars are earned depending on fare type and bundle.
Status Points are also earned based upon the same.
Reward cost (one-way)1 Airpoints Dollar = $1 towards the fare price.
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SYDNEY-NORFOLK ISLAND

Flight numbersNZ912 (SYD-NLK), NZ913 (NLK-SYD)
Operating daysMondays, Fridays (SYD-NLK)
Mondays, Saturdays (NLK-SYD)
Distance1,043 miles / 1,678 km
Flight reservationsClick here to book
Flight time2 hours 40 minutes (SYD-NLK)
2 hours 50 minutes (NLK-SYD)
AircraftAirbus A321neo

While Norfolk Island closed its own borders earlier in 2020, travellers are once again welcome from all Australian states and territories without having to quarantine on arrival, with the only exception being those who’ve been in Victoria in the 14 days prior to their Norfolk Island arrival.

Interestingly, flights from Brisbane and Sydney to Norfolk Island depart from the international terminals, but again, quarantine is not required upon returning from Norfolk Island: unless a state or territory chooses to designate it as a COVID-19 hotspot, which is not currently the case.

This gives Australians the opportunity to travel ‘overseas’, without leaving the country: and more importantly, without having to quarantine.

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