Imagine flying from New Zealand to Australia and not needing a passport!

  • Qantas boss is pushing ahead with plans to make flying across the Tasman just like domestic travel.
  • Flights would leave from domestic terminals rather than international terminals.
  • Flyers won’t need a passport when traveling between Australia and New Zealand.
  • Joyce says the plan would make it easier for business travelers and tourism.

Qantas boss Alan Joyce is pushing forward with plans to remove the need for passports when traveling between Australia and New Zealand. This is big news for both countries, and one which could see closer economic ties between the two nations.

© Getty Images – Alan Joyce the Qantas Boss states that there is no real reason why traveling between Australia and New Zealand should not be be considered domestic travel.

At a meeting in New Zealand’s capital, Mr Joyce said that flying between the two countries should be just like any domestic trip, the Australian Financial Review reported.

‘We think that Australia-New Zealand should have as seamless access as possible. There’s no reason why travel between the two countries should be not like travel within New Zealand,’ Mr Joyce said.

‘It should be the same. It would make it easier for business travelers and it would make tourism a lot easier. From an infrastructure perspective what it does is improve our efficiency dramatically because we can use domestic terminals.’ said Joyce.

Under the new plans, anyone who travels between the two countries could use domestic terminals.  This would reduce time and considerable costs for travelers.

What do you think? is this a ‘pie in the sky’ idea, or will it actually happen? Or, is this just a ploy for Qantas to save money?

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