POSSIBLE AIR PACIFIC SERVICE BETWEEN FIJI AND COOK ISLANDS

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By Siai Maeva

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (January 5, 1999 - Cook Islands News Online): Fiji's international airline, Air Pacific, hasn't confirmed a service link with the Cook Islands. However, the airline's head office in Fiji told Cook Islands News that it is continually reviewing that possibility within the airline's route structure.

Air Pacific's Sales & Marketing GM, Max Kruse, said, "At this moment the Cook Islands is not in our schedule." And the airline's Acting Chief Executive, Tony Wong, said, "Adding other Pacific islands such as the Cook Islands to Air Pacific's destinations is an on-going consideration."

And what would the availability of a third international airline service besides Canada 3000 and Air New Zealand to the Cook Islands mean?

Cook Islands Tourism Corporation's Chief Executive Chris Wong said it "would be a positive development only if it helps in growing the tourism market for the destination rather than diluting existing visitor flows."

He added, "We should explore the opportunities it might offer."

As to whether the Cook Islands economy would benefit from an added air service, Chris Wong said it "would facilitate the development of our industry and our economy." He said "It is quite feasible" for another carrier to come into the Cook's.

For additional reports from the Cook Islands News Online, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/Cook Islands New Online.

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