flights from Christchurch to Rarotonga are about to be
re-introduced, in time for South Islanders to plan a 2016 winter
Australia has just announced it will offer the flights on a Boeing
737-800, to begin on June 25 and run weekly every Saturday for 16
weeks, with the last flight on October 8, 2016.
Commercial officer - Aeronautical, Justin Watson, says the
reinstated flights are a big win for the South Island and the Cook
Australia is offering convenient services to a destination which is
much-requested and much-missed by South Islanders. A Saturday
afternoon departure allows South Islanders to drive to Christchurch
and fly direct to a Cook Islands vacation. In recent years,
we've seen strong growth in numbers of New Zealanders heading to
the sun in the winter months, so this service adds another option
for South Islanders."
definitely is fantastic news for people in the South Island looking
for a winter getaway," said Graeme West, General Manager of Cook
Islands Tourism Corporation. "There hasn't been a non-stop service
from Christchurch to Rarotonga for many years, but we have had
travellers and travel agents constantly asking when there will be
one. We are delighted that Virgin Australia has seized the
opportunity. It's a short non-stop flight to paradise."