Canberra Airport is talking to the governments of Australia and New Zealand to open direct flights to Wellington without the need for quarantine at either end.
Its pitch is that passengers between the two capitals now pose no significant risk of carrying the coronavirus. It would be a service between two "clean" cities.
Both Canberra and Wellington have been COVID-free for more than three weeks, according to Stephen Byron, the managing director of Canberra Airport.
"We are the most COVID-safe cities in our countries and also both the national capital of our countries so the proposal is that flights would commence on July 1," he said.
The flights would be phased in, with more flights being added as conditions eased, in much the same way as the rest of society like schools and workplaces are being phased back into "normality".
He said the aviation industry needed some clear sense of when flights might start and that meant a definite start date. "That's critical to give passengers information and make their plans and to allow the airlines to commence flights."
Canberra Airport's owners have been talking to both Qantas and Air New Zealand as well as the national governments in Australia and New Zealand and the ACT government.
Mr Byron said he had received a favourable reception. The matter is under consideration though no decision has been made.
The proposal to government is that in the initial stage from the beginning of July there would be one Qantas flight to and from Wellington and one similar Air New Zealand flight the other way.
This initial phase would last from two to six weeks, but with an option to shorten the phase if the health authorities deemed it safe.
"It may be that the health outcomes are so good that they can reopen all cities for all flights on July 1, but we believe that this proposal allows the recommencement of this connection as soon as is practicable and safe."
The expansion of the schedule would see five flights a day from each airline.
"The first flights that would be quarantine free would allow the restart of aviation across the Tasman, the reemployment of literally thousands of jobs in airports, aviation, tourism and accommodation, and it would be safe and measured," Mr Byron said.
"These businesses can only hang on for so long. The great risk is that if this goes on much longer, they fail. They go broke and they are not able to bring people back to work and the people stay unemployed.
"We need to get the businesses open and the people back to work."
The airport has already lobbied the governments of South Australia and Queensland to allow direct flights and travel exemptions for Canberrans, despite border closures in the two states.
Mr Byron wrote to the two state premiers, urging travel between Canberra and Brisbane as well as Canberra and Adelaide, telling them the ACT was free of coronavirus.
His plea was not successful but it was part of an on-going campaign. The aim is to keep aviation high on the agenda of governments on both sides of the Tasman.
Nobody is talking about international flights except across the Tasman at the moment.