United States honeymooners will get more of a chance to enjoy the romance of paradise, as Air New Zealand reschedules its Los Angeles-Rarotonga flight.
The airline’s weekly flight from Rarotonga to Los Angeles will depart the island on Saturday night instead of Friday. The NZ19 flight back will leave Los Angeles on a Sunday night – giving giddy-in-love brides and grooms time to get from their honeymoon suite to LAX departures lounge.
The change will come into effect in a year’s time.
Cook Islands Tourism says Saturday is the most popular day of the week for weddings in America.
Haimona Browne, the manager of The Rarotongan Resort and Spa, said they hoped to capitalise on the flight changes – and they were also yearning for more capacity on the Los Angeles flight.
“Being able to depart LA on a Sunday and return back to LA on a Sunday afternoon is definitely a bonus where someone can take leave for five days,” Browne said.
The company looked forward to welcoming these “romantic couples” to its two resorts on Rarotonga, and their adults-only sister resort, Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort, he said.
Cook Islands does not get many tourists from North America, but those who do come here are the biggest spenders in the Cook Islands.
Cook Islands Tourism said the average spend by a North American visitor from all destinations was $183 a day in the islands.