Jet stopover for refueling

Wednesday 2 September 2020 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Economy

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Jet stopover for refueling
Airport Authority chief executive Joseph Ngamata said the plane in question was an Airbus A320, which made a stopover in Rarotonga to refuel as part of its scheduled itinerary.

Rarotonga International Airport saw a rare visit from a jet plane late on Sunday.

Airport Authority chief executive Joseph Ngamata said the plane in question was an Airbus A320, which made a stopover in Rarotonga to refuel as part of its scheduled itinerary.

He said the plane was on a ferry flight, which involves transporting aircraft to return to a base, delivering to a new customer, or to fly to a facility for maintenance or repairs.

Cook Islands principal immigration officer Kairangi Samuela said there were no passengers on board and the pilots did not disembark the aircraft.

According to flight tracking website flightaware.com, the plane touched down on Rarotonga at roughly 10:45pm on Sunday after departing Christchurch earlier in the day.

The plane remained on the tarmac for about an hour while refueling took place.

After another stopover in Honolulu, the plane arrived at its final destination of Phoenix, Arizona on Monday afternoon.

The flight operator is listed as Jet Test and Transport – an aircraft delivery and flight operations company with offices in the Bahamas and the United States.

Rarotonga Airport has seen little activity since the introduction of strict border control measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Regular commercial flights are set to resume later this week after a Government decision to allow Cook Islanders and permit holders to travel from Auckland to Rarotonga.

Arriving passengers will have to provide a negative Covid-19 test taken within four days of their scheduled departure, as well as undertake an exit health clearance at Auckland International Airport.

Following arrival in Rarotonga, they must complete 14-days of pre-approved supervised quarantine, as well as further Covid-19 testing and health screening from Te Marae Ora before joining the general public.