"Our Minister of Health has kept in touch with his counterpart", she said.
The initial results from Asia's first restriction-free travel bubble since the pandemic hit, which opened on Monday, showed that travel patterns can depart from their norms after such a long closure and may take time to return to normal.
Air New Zealand executive Craig Suckling said the atmosphere at Sydney airport before departure was electric.
Families reunited in emotional scenes on Monday as Australia and New Zealand launched a quarantine-free travel bubble that opened the border nearly 400 days after its pandemic-enforced closure.
Qantas will ramp up flights between the countries to about 200 each week, while Air New Zealand said it had quadrupled its flights to 30 on Monday, with its airplanes flying into New Zealand 97% full.
Quarantine-free travel launched between Australia and New Zealand on Monday.
Under the terms of the trans-Tasman bubble agreement, all states, territories and New Zealand can suspend quarantine-free travel with places that have outbreaks.
A woman hugs her daughter and grand-daughter at Sydney International Airport Credit Jenny Evans /Getty Images AsiaPac
Television footage showed emotional scenes at the airports with families reuniting and scores of passengers thronging the global departure terminals at Australian airports.
Australia was New Zealand's largest source of global tourists before the pandemic, accounting for about 1.5 million arrivals or 40 percent of total visitors in 2019.
The bubble provides a new lease on life to airlines and airports.
She said the day marked a turning point and people were excited, adding: "You can feel it at the airport and see it on people's faces".
Tourism operators urged governments on both sides of the Tasman Sea to ensure that the bubble stays open, which would help bolster consumer confidence in booking travel.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: "Today's milestone is a win-win for Australians and New Zealanders, boosting our economies while keeping our people safe".
Victoria recorded zero new local cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, with four new cases in hotel quarantine.
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Russian Federation denied involvement but some 300 diplomats were sent home in subsequent tit-for-tat expulsions. Moscow called the announcement a "hostile step" and alleged it bore a "trace" of involvement by Washington.