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NZB Airfreight Resumes Flights To Aust
NZ Bloodstock Airfreight made its 1st flight to Australia yesterday since the suspension of all flights carrying horses between NZ & Australia in the wake of the equine influenza outbreak. NZB Airfreight manager Greg Northcott confirmed: "We carried 5 horses to Melbourne from Auckland & now plan to resume our scheduled weekly service to Melbourne from next Tuesday. as long as there is the demand for it." NZB Airfreight also plans a flight from Auckland to Perth on Wednesday September 19. Meanwhile NZ's borders are still closed to all horses from Australia (following the Ministry Of Agriculture & Fisheries Biosecurity NZ decision on August 25). Northcott noted: "At this stage MAFBNZ has advised it's too early to say when the suspension on imports will be lifted; however we are currently working closely with them to put a plan into action so we can be ready to import as soon as practicably possible."