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September event to draw hundreds of island athletes

By Helen Greig

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, July 22, 2009) – Air New Zealand is putting on three direct flights to Rarotonga from Nadi, Fiji, over the Pacific Mini Games period to cater for large numbers of athletes and officials coming from the region.

The airline has already increased capacity over the Auckland-Rarotonga route, but the direct Fiji flights will cater for those coming from Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna and Fiji.

Around 500 people are expected to use the Nadi to Rarotonga route to get to the games starting September 22 and ending on October 2.

Air New Zealand Cook Islands manager David Bridge says the inbound flights are already full, with few seats left on the two flights back to Fiji from Rarotonga.

There will be two airbus flights arriving from Nadi on September 19, each with a capacity of 152 seats. On September 27 a Boeing 767 from Nadi will bring about 200 people to the island and on the same day a Boeing 777 with a 252 seat capacity will take passengers from Rarotonga to Nadi.

Another Rarotonga-Nadi airbus flight is scheduled for October 2.

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