Jetstar’s inaugural flight from Australia to the Cook Islands departed from Sydney Airport last week, marking the first time since Ansett three decades ago that an Australian airline has serviced the South Pacific route.
Jetstar’s nonstop service from Sydney to Rarotonga creates up to 60,000 fantastically low fares between the two destinations each year. Currently, no other airline flies directly between the two countries.
Jetstar’s three weekly return flights, operated by the airline’s newest and lowest-emissions aircraft, the Airbus A321neo LR (NEO), will help grow and sustain the economy of the archipelago nation.
Alan McIntyre, chief customer officer for Jetstar, was at Sydney Airport to see off the inaugural flight.
Mr. McIntyre stated, “We are excited to be providing the only direct option between Australia and the Cook Islands, making it a very convenient way to enjoy a tropical holiday,”
“Now just a five-hour flight from Sydney, our new service will make the Cook Islands the next hot holiday spot for Australians seeking a tropical island escape to relax and unwind, especially during cooler months.”
He went on to say that because of the airline’s everyday low fares, Australians can experience Rarotonga’s beautiful warm weather, white sand beaches, and sparkling blue waters at a discount.
“We thank the Cook Islands government for its support of the new route.”, he added
Mark Brown, the prime minister of the Cook Islands, stated that the Cook Islands are the premier tropical island destination.
Mr. Brown commented, “The island is renowned for some of the world’s most incredible crystal-clear waters, and Aitutaki lagoon is recognised as one of the most beautiful in the world.”
“The culture, cuisine, activities, and lifestyle of Cook Islanders is a drawcard for Australians as well as the wide range of accommodation, including full-service resorts, boutique hotels and holiday homes.
“For visitors wanting to explore further and experience wilderness off grid, there are multiple other islands in the Cook Islands to discover. We are grateful to Jetstar for the services they are providing, giving visitors and Cook Islander’s living in Australia easy access to the Cook Islands.”