COOK ISLANDS AIRPORT READY FOR JUMBO JETS

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Oct. 31) - Aitutaki Airport in the Cook Islands is being reopened.

The mayor, Tai Herman, says the outer island airport is now certified to be able to handle the bigger Boeing 737s and Airbus 320s.

However, he says the schedule of four daily flights of a 34 seater Saab 340 is unlikely to change for some time.

Mr Tai Herman says a big celebration is planned.

"Representatives from the Government, there'll be representatives from the chiefs, from the arongo mana. It's going to be a big day. We have eight villages on the island, and each village will be preparing food, there'll be pork there'll be chicken , there'll be raw fish, there'll be all sorts."

Some concern has been voiced locally about the impact of increased tourist numbers once bigger planes start flying to Aitutaki.

October 31, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/

 

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