Air Rarotonga

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Air Rarotonga
Founded 1978
Hubs Rarotonga International Airport
Fleet size 4
Headquarters Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Air Rarotonga Saab 340 on the tarmac at Rarotonga International Airport
Air Rarotonga route map as of February 2008[1]

Air Rarotonga is an airline based in Rarotonga, Cook Islands and is ‘the airline of the Cook Islands’. It operates inter-island scheduled services throughout the Cook Islands. It also operates chartered flights to French Polynesia, Niue, Samoa and Tonga.[2] Its main base is Rarotonga International Airport.[3]


The airline was established in February 1978 and started operations in July 1978 with a Cessna 337 aircraft. The company is owned by three private investors. More than 70,000 passengers travel between its island destinations each year.


Following is a list of destinations Air Rarotonga flies to as part of its scheduled services, as of November 2011.[4]

City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Aitutaki  Cook Islands AIT NCAI Aitutaki Airport [4]
Atiu  Cook Islands AIU NCAT Enua Airport [4]
Mangaia  Cook Islands MGS NCMG Mangaia Airport [4]
Manihiki  Cook Islands MHZ NCMH Manihiki Island Airport [4]
Mauke  Cook Islands MUK NCMK Mauke Airport [4]
Mitiaro  Cook Islands MOI NCMR Mitiaro Airport [4]
Penrhyn Island  Cook Islands PYE NCPY Tongareva Airport [4]
Pukapuka  Cook Islands NCPK Pukapuka Island Airfield [4]
Rarotonga  Cook Islands RAR NCRG Rarotonga International Airport [4]

The airline codeshares with Air Tahiti on flights between Rarotonga and Tahiti with Air Tahiti being the operator. The airline also offers scenic flights over Rarotonga and air charter services to neighbouring Pacific Island countries including Tahiti, Niue, Tonga and Samoa. The airline also operates Air Ambulance evacuations from all island airports in the Cook Islands when needed.[5]


As of April 2011 the Air Rarotonga fleet includes the following aircraft:[6]

Air Rarotonga Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers
Cessna 172 1 0 3
Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante 3 0 15
Saab 340A 1 0 34
Total 5 0

In February 2012, the airline received 2 more Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante aircraft. One of which was added to the fleet and began operating in January 2013, while the other will be added later in 2013.[7]


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