Here’s a project for the New Zealand government to support – before the Chinese arrive.
Air Rarotonga has just added a second Saab 340B to its fleet and is considering flights to the northern Cooks. However, the basic crushed coral runways at Manihiki, Penrhyn and possibly Pukapuka need upgrading.
Surely Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, with his enthusiasm for the Pacific, will be eager to back the project – wouldn’t he?
Air Rarotonga, in business since 1978, says the second Saab will add capacity initially to the Rarotonga-Aitutaki route with the potential for regional charter flights to Tahiti and Niue. The new aircraft has been the catalyst for Air Rarotonga entering discussions with government about upgrading those runways. Continue reading “Air Rarotonga’s second Saab 340B opens possibilities in the north (but NZ help would be welcome)”