Posted on: 07 October 2015 by Ross McSweeny
From 22 March 2016, Jetstar will commence a year-round thrice-weekly return service from Auckland to Rarotonga on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, becoming the first airline in more than 10 years to connect New Zealand with Australia’s Cook Islands.
All return flights originate from Sydney or Melbourne and Jetstar will offer Australian travellers connecting fares to Rarotonga via Auckland.
“We’re very excited to announce our first direct service from New Zealand to the beautiful South Pacific,” averred Grant Kerr, head of Jetstar New Zealand. “The Cook Islands is a favourite destination for many New Zealanders and we’re confident our low fares to Rarotonga will be warmly welcomed by holidaymakers throughout the country.
“Whenever Jetstar enters a market our low fares help to grow that market. We expect our new flights to Rarotonga will significantly lift passenger numbers from both New Zealand and Australia, delivering substantial benefits to Cook Islands tourism.”
“Rarotonga welcomes more than 82,000 visitors from New Zealand each year and the additional Jetstar capacity from March 2016 will allow the market to grow even more,” added Graeme West, general manager of Cook Islands Tourism. Jetstar estimates its new service will add around 25,000 new return seats a year on the route, representing a capacity growth of more than 15%.
In addition to the connecting flights from Sydney and Melbourne, Jetstar will offer connections from Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth and Palmerston North.