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It’s the latest direct international flight to take off from Brisbane Airport following the mass culling of routes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Maatakiri Rapira hadn’t seen her parents in New Zealand for almost four years.
“I just want to go home and hug my parents, that’s all I want to do and they don’t know I’m coming,” she said before her flight.
Mags and Miles Thompson, also travelling to Wellington, were excited by the new route, which marks a return to more accessible international travel.
“Oh it’s the best thing ever. I actually cried when I passed my COVID test this morning,” Ms Thompson said.
Daily flights from Brisbane to Dubai resumed this month.
From tomorrow, direct flights from Brisbane to Los Angeles and Kuala Lumpur will resume.
From July 1, Air Canada will resume flights to Vancouver four times a week, with Philippine Airways flights to Manila returning from April 3.
Jetstar flights from Brisbane to Bali return in May.
Rachel Bronish from the Brisbane Airport Corporation said the flight routes marked a new chapter for the airline and travel industry.
“We truly think this is the beginning,” she said.
Ms Bronish added with ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions and rules varying according to country, supporting a travel agent for international trips was the best way forward.
“Getting a travel agent is always a good option, because there are different rules for different countries so it always pays to do your research in the first instance,” she said.