Air New Zealand is expecting a sharp increase in the number of bookings between Auckland and Rarotonga following the announcement of quarantine-free travel into New Zealand. By Katrina Lintonbon.
100 people are booked to fly out of Rarotonga to Auckland tomorrow, making
these passengers the first to enter New Zealand without the need to undergo
14-day managed quarantine.
official from Air New Zealand’s Rarotonga office confirmed most of the bookings
were made following last Thursday’s announcement of quarantine free travel into
speaking, people have taken up the opportunity of quarantine free travel into
New Zealand,” the official said.
those who will be travelling are students returning to study and some who
require medical treatment. Others are heading to Auckland to catch up with
their families and friends.
Ora spokesperson Jaewynn said the Health ministry does not have any current
emergency cases waiting for referral to New Zealand.
I am aware of some orthopaedic patients who are on the waiting list for surgery
in New Zealand,” McKay said.
there are a number of individuals who will now be in a position to travel to
New Zealand for annual check-ups, privately funded surgery and specialist
appointments that had been put on hold.”
New Zealand flight departing Rarotonga on Wednesday morning will arrive here
later today. There is no indication how many passengers are on this flight.
New Zealand media spokesperson said customer numbers could not be confirmed due
to privacy reasons. However, they said they have been encouraged to see an
increase in bookings following the announcement.
first couple of flights inbound are showing strength. This is as expected as we
bring the first wave of Cook Islanders that meet the bubble requirements into
New Zealand quarantine-free,” the spokesperson said.
this as a really positive step towards a full two-way bubble with the Cook
is business as usual for staff at Rarotonga International Airport as they
prepare to welcome an extra weekly Air New Zealand flight.
flights will depart Rarotonga for Auckland on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Authority chief executive officer Joe Ngamata said: “We are just reintroducing
staff into the rosters for the extra flight. Customs, Immigration and Health
are at the fore of things and if any changes they’d be the first to be