Tourism & Transport Forum CEO Ken Morrison, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, advocated (07-Aug-2013) a combined visa for Australia and New Zealand during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, with "one process and two visas maximising travel" between the two countries. Mr Morrison added that Australia "needs to be more innovative" in the way it approaches border control, in order to open up Australia's regional markets to trans-Tasman travel.
TTF CEO: Australia and New Zealand should implement dual visa for 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup
You may also be interested in the following articles...
Hong Kong Airlines to grow in Australia via Virgin Australia partnership. Auckland launches Nov-2016
Having built a regional Asian network anchored around mainland China as a source market, HNA Group's Hong Kong Airlines is leveraging its hub capability from short/medium haul connections to long haul transfers, which also reduce CASK. Hong Kong Airlines resumed long haul flying in early 2016 with a service to Cairns and the Gold Coast. Auckland will be added from Nov-2016 and Hong Kong Airlines should be able to break up the Air New Zealand-Cathay Pacific joint venture on the route.
Hong Kong Airlines is restricted from serving major Australian cities due to bilateral limits (Australia and Hong Kong have not been able to agree on increased capacity levels). Hong Kong Airlines' owner HNA has bought into Virgin Australia, which plans to serve the key HNA hubs of Beijing and Hong Kong in 2017, providing access from major Australian cities. Virgin could also help Hong Kong Airlines make viable service to smaller Australian cities.
Hong Kong Airlines is receiving a lift in Australia and New Zealand bookings, attributed to Asian consumers shifting away from travel in Europe, which has repeatedly been impacted by terrorist acts. Hong Kong Airlines believes that passengers are "viewing Australia and New Zealand together as more of a safe-haven status destination".
CAPA Perspectives: All you can fly comes to Australia, but what's the point
Targeting a 3Q2016 launch, all-you-can-fly start-up Airly wants to “remove the hideousness of flying.” But the domestic travel experience in Australia is among the best in the world, and Airly's use of secondary airports - notably at Sydney Bankstown, some 45 to 60 minutes from the CBD - and primarily turboprop aircraft rapidly eats away at the time savings.