Air New Zealand will be operating daily return flights to Rarotonga from March 28 in anticipation of the two-way travel bubble between Cook Islands and New Zealand.
announcement came as part of the airline’s Covid-19 international schedule
through to June 30 2021.
Islands Tourism Industry Council president Liana Scott said these actions are giving
a confidence boost to the tourism sector that is very much needed, and the
industry council is pleased to see things start to align.
promising to see Air New Zealand start planning forwards and I can understand
with limited choices of a safe Covid free destination on offer, the demand for
flights to Rarotonga is going to be high particularly for those experiencing
‘cabin fever’,” Scott said.
from an airline perspective is also important, and it is great to see the
airline factor the open corridor into their schedule.
the first one-way quarantine free flight starting this Wednesday, the outlook
is certainly looking promising for a two-way corridor as indicated by both New
Zealand and Cook Islands Prime Ministers in the first quarter of this year.”
Zealand’s general manager networks Scott Carr said the airline has been
progressively updating its schedule over the past 12 months in response to the
schedule is driven by a number of factors including airport takeoff and landing
slots which generally operate on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis. This means if you
don’t fly the majority of your schedule you may lose access to airports,” he
been waiting to receive slot alleviation for the April to end of June period,
which means our regular slot times are protected even if we can’t fly them all.
As this is now progressing, we are now able to move ahead with adapting our
schedule through to June 30 to better reflect the low demand environment we are
currently operating in.”
Carr said Air New Zealand understands these are
very uncertain times and it can be tricky for people looking to get home with a
lot of things needing to line up including flights, testing and managed
isolation bookings. “We strongly
recommend customers check government border restrictions for the relevant
countries and/or individual passport requirements before booking a ticket.”