Continued uncertainty over quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands has forced businessman Mike Pero to halt plans for his airline, Pasifika Air.
In a statement, the Cook Islander said: “I came into this in 2020 knowing there would be challenges, but the one that continually hounds us in our decision-making is the seeming reluctance to open up travel to the Cook Islands and other Pacific nations. “
“While the dark cloud hanging over global travel remains, we expected a brighter outlook for the Pacific region," he said.
Pero expected to start flying around June between the Cook Islands and Christchurch and Wellington, but the situation was dependent on two-way quarantine free travel between the two countries.