It’s disappointing that this government would choose to reject this new airline proposal (Pero’s national airline dreams dashed again, Cook Islands News, November 19).
This would have seen additional flights coming from
other parts of New Zealand like Christchurch and Wellington opening up more
opportunities for local businesses to export/import product to and from NZ,
while receiving more visitors directly from these destinations.
Mike Pero would have funded this airline, not us. The
money created would have come from visitors departing from other parts of NZ
like Christchurch and Wellington, which in turn would create more revenue for
local businesses in the Cook Islands, and remove Air NZ monopoly making
airfares more affordable for both locals and tourist, and allow Cook Islanders
living in those areas better access to visiting home.
Obviously failed to see the financial gains to the
Cook Islands economy and its access for Cook Islands businesses with these
additional destinations to import and export product via airfreight!
What a waste of an opportunity. Cook Islands
Government are still stuck in day dream mode. Meanwhile the rest of the world
around is developing. Take Fiji for example, they have their own carrier who
fly long haul to destinations all around the world and they have their own
facilities to train pilots and also air crew. Likewise Air Tahiti Nui,
investing back into the country. What about the Cook Islands?
Well that doesn’t make sense. Why would the Cook
Islands Government turn down something that is inevitable? Give it a go
Government, what have the Cook Islands got to lose. It could be a win-win
situation. Give Air New Zealand competition.
Want more of our people to keep returning home every
year for a holiday? Then give us a deal we can’t refuse. Good competition is