Pacific Blue is set to launch a permanent fourth weekly flight between Auckland and Rarotonga on July 5.
The announcement was made after discussions with Cook Islands Tourism confirmed there is a growing demand for low fare travel to the South Pacific destination.
Pacific Blue CEO Mark Pitt said the carrier trialled a fourth weekly flight over the summer holiday season and the extra service would add over 9,000 extra seats to the route annually.
“The Cook Islands are a favoured holiday destination for Kiwis and we’re confident that the new permanent fourth service will be well-supported by both leisure travellers and people visiting friends and relatives.”
Pacific Blue said that the service offers more choice for kiwi travellers in addition to enabling easier connections through Auckland for Australian tourists.
“Thousands of Australians are already visiting Rarotonga and Aitutaki every year and by offering low fares and more flights we believe this will help the Cook Islands to grow both its Australian and New Zealand tourism numbers,” Mr Pitt said.
“When people pay less to fly here they can afford to stay a little longer or visit more often. Pacific Blue is making access to the Cook Islands easier and more affordable and we look forward to a continued positive relationship with the airline.”
To celebrate the launch of the fourth service, Pacific Blue is offering a special one-way internet fare of $229* direct from Auckland to Rarotonga (available for a limited time only).
The additional flight, DJ 163 will depart Auckland to Rarotonga on a Monday evening at 6.30pm with the return flight from Rarotonga to Auckland at 1.50am.
The airline also offers through fares to Rarotonga from a number of Australian cities including one-stop connections from Sydney and Melbourne.* All fares are subject to availability, are one-way on the internet or $15 more by phone. Seats are limited and may not be available at peak times or on all flights.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F