The Cook Islands have benefited from a wave of bookings from New Zealand. Photo / Supplied

Jetstar hopes to resume flights from New Zealand to the Cook Islands from mid-October.

The airline says its services to the Cook Islands are not possible at this point given that services to Rarotonga originate from Australia and there are currently no bubbles for non-quarantined flights between Australia and the Cook Islands.

But it just opened reservations, available to customers from October 16, with the hope that travel will be cleared by then.

An enthusiastic traveler who has booked with the airline previously got a good deal. The entry-level roundtrip fare from Auckland with hand luggage only is $ 443 on Jetstar, well below the fare of $ 776 for the same travel dates in October on the website. Air New Zealand.

A spokesperson for Jetstar said: “We look forward to the Australian government working with the Cook Islands and other Pacific Island governments on two-way, quarantine-free travel in the future.”

If flights are not possible, the airline has said it will have to readjust its schedule accordingly.

Jetstar celebrated 12 years of domestic flights in New Zealand yesterday. It flew between Auckland and the Cook Islands before the ground flights of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Air New Zealand is the only airline to serve the Cook Islands after resuming round-trip bubble flights last month. It has reported strong demand for services on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner and has increased its frequency next month.

Graeme West, chief executive of Cook Islands Tourism Australasia, said demand for travel has exceeded expectations.

Air New Zealand added 16 more flights in July and additional flights through October.

“With New Zealanders being the only ones able to enter the country, it’s an incredibly special time to visit,” he said.

Last month, he said that by the end of June, most eligible Cook Islanders will be fully vaccinated, adding another layer of comfort and safety for locals and visitors.

The travel bubble allows people who have resided in New Zealand in the past 14 days to travel to Rarotonga and return home without having to self-isolate or quarantine at each end of their trip.

This travel corridor is only open between New Zealand and the Cook Islands, and the Cook Islands sea border remains closed.

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This notice was published: 2021-06-11 04:00:00


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