Covid 19 coronavirus: Interest in European travel up, but flights a long way off

The news Europe has opened its borders to New Zealand residents has sparked a surge in interest for overseas travel at booking agents, despite the challenge to overseas travel during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

Travel agents reported a 450 per cent rise in searches for airfares to Europe following the announcement on Tuesday New Zealand residents would be allowed to enter EU member states exempt of travel restrictions.

However, in spite of the growing number of countries opening their borders to New Zealand travellers, the reality of long and complex flight itineraries from New Zealand and subsequent risk of spreading the coronavirus means international travel is still a long way off.

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While there is definitely “an appetite” for overseas travel, very little is translating into bookings, says Victoria Courtney, Flight Centre NZ’s product general manager.

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