Prime Minister Mark Brown says direct flights would not start straight away when the Cook Islands border reopens to Australia on April 11.
Brown said the border would open at the same time as New Zealand to vaccinated Australian tourists, which is 11.59pm on April 12, New Zealand time and April 11 in the Cook Islands.
told Cook Islands News on Friday it takes time to get an airline ready for
now the dates have been set I expect airlines and tourism industry to be
working along with the Ministry of Finance on the proposed dates to start
getting direct flights coming through from Australia,” the Prime Minister said.
might then start to see Jetstar who were flying into the Cook Islands also
interested in coming direct as well, or what they were doing last time was
transiting through Auckland.”
this month Jetstar cancelled all flights on its trans-Tasman and Rarotonga
routes for the next three months.
spokesman for Jetstar then said that “given the travel restrictions between New
Zealand and Australia, we did a review of our schedule for trans-Tasman
are monitoring New Zealand’s phased opening roadmap and will advise customers
if there’s any changes to our planned schedule,” the spokesperson earlier said.
August 2021 the airline cancelled Rarotonga flights through to the end of
March, 2022, and provided customers a range of options including a credit
voucher or a full refund.
the owner of The Rarotongan Resort and Spa, Tata Crocombe a week ago told Cook
Islands News that the Australian market was particularly important to
the Cooks, it was about 20 per cent (of the market) but to Aitutaki, it’s about
50 per cent, the Aussie market is very important to Aitutaki, more than
said the rest of the world was even more important to Aitutaki.
like 90 per cent of Americans and Europeans are on their way to Aitutaki, it's
very, very, very important for Aitutaki the long-haul markets and also Atiu,
Mangaia and the others, they tend to draw from long haul markets, particularly
John Paterson on 22/03/2022
I managed to book flights for Nov.6 with Air New Zealand from LAX
Chuck Baran on 22/03/2022
How about some news LAX-RAR direct flights on ANZ?