Air Rarotonga have had a booming busy festive season with Aitutaki proving to be a popular holiday destination for Rarotonga locals who have made the most of local deals before the borders open to tourists on Thursday next week.
airline has been catering mainly local residents in the past couple of months
for a tropical getaway to the less bustling outer islands.
have been operating two to three flights daily on most days throughout the
Christmas and New Year season, with special holiday deals attracting families,
couples and friends to make the most of their holiday time.
Rarotonga managing director Ewan Smith said: “A lot of local residents have
taken the opportunity to visit the Pa Enua over the past year.”
added that their Southern and Northern group tours which they have discounted
over the border closure period had proven very popular also.
no overseas visitors coming into the country to explore the Pa Enua, Smith said
that local resident travellers from Rarotonga have been filling the seats on
their planes to keep them flying during the downtime.
airline is missing the usual New Zealand and Australia based Cook Islanders
returning for Christmas as well as visitors from the USA and Europe and is
looking forward to the borders reopening soon, bringing their international
Rarotonga has been operating at between 25 per cent and 40 per cent of their
normal capacity during the border closure.