• Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has renewed calls to simplify border arrangements with New Zealand. (AAP)
Travelling between Australia and New Zealand should be the same as domestic internal flights, Qantas boss Alan Joyce says.
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14 Mar 2017 - 7:58 PM  UPDATED 14 Mar 2017 - 7:58 PM

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has renewed calls to simplify the border arrangements between Australia and New Zealand.

"We think that Australia-New Zealand should have as seamless access as possible," Mr Joyce told a Trans-Tasman Business Circle event that was held at the Australian High Commission in Wellington on Tuesday.

"There's no reason why the travel between the two countries should be not like travel within New Zealand. It should be the same. It would make it easier for business travellers and it would make tourism a lot easier.

"From an infrastructure perspective what it does is improve our efficiency dramatically because we can use domestic terminals," Mr Joyce told the audience, according to comments provided by Qantas.

Mr Joyce's comments come less than a week after airlines from Australia and New Zealand established a new industry group to lobby governments for fairer taxes, airport fees and access to better infrastructure.

Qantas, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tigerair Australia and Regional Express are all backing Airlines for Australia and New Zealand (A4ANZ).

Mr Joyce said on Tuesday that it was the first time that the airlines have "pulled together" to set up a group to advocate for airline issues with governments to make sure they can compete more affectively against the rest of the world.