Jetstar Announces New Route to Tropical Location in Major Move

The West Australian

Jetstar has launched direct flights to the Cook Islands from Australia.

The first flight from Sydney to the nation’s capital Rarotonga landed on Thursday, opening up the islands to more Australians. Located halfway between Australia and Hawaii, the country is made up of 15 islands with Rarotonga and Aitutaki being the most visited destinations.The flight takes five and a half hours to reach the Cook Islands.

The islands are known for their beautiful beaches, lagoons, and snorkelling.

Jetstar’s Airbus A321neo LR aircraft will fly on the route on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, which will depart Sydney at 9:30pm and arrive in Rarotonga at 7:00am local time.

The airline has also announced a five day sale on flights to Rarotonga, with prices from $249 on dates between August and November.The nation’s Prime Minister Mark Brown welcomed the Jetstar flights, with many Cook Islanders relying on tourism for their livelihoods.

“My government is thrilled to welcome Jetstar’s inaugural flight to our beautiful country, continuing the Cook Islands journey on the path to economic recovery,” he said. “The people of the Cook Islands and our tourism suppliers have been waiting in anticipation for Jetstar’s flight arrival, and welcome more than double the capacity of any previous airline who has serviced the Cook Islands from Australia.”

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