Hopes rise of Pacific islands travel bubble following meeting between Morrison and Arden

The trans-Tasman travel bubble may be extended to include Pacific islands such as Fiji, Noumea, Vanuatu and Tonga.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters on his visit to New Zealand that a Pacific travel bubble “is a real possibility” following talks with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden.

Qantas chief Alan Joyce welcomed the news, saying the carrier was ready to service any new routes beyond the current trans-Tasman corridor that has been underway for a month.

“We have the aircraft and we have the people,” he told Sunrise.

“The more bubbles the better, because we can activate more aircraft, get more people back to work and help the tourism industries in the countries that are very dependent on tourism.”

Joyce also expressed hopes Australia could open up travel with the US and the UK following the high vaccination rates in both countries.

“A few months ago, I thought maybe Singapore, Taiwan and Japan would be first cabs off the list but with the great progress that’s been made in the US and the UK, you may see those markets opening up before the rest because the vaccine rollout has been so successful in both countries,” he told Nine’s Today show.