Air Rarotonga

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Air Rarotonga
IATA ICAO Callsign
GZ [1] RAR [2] Rarotonga
Founded 1978
Hubs Rarotonga International Airport
Focus cities Aitutaki
Fleet size 5
Company slogan The Airline of the Cook Islands
Headquarters Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Key people Ewan Smith
Air Rarotonga Saab 340 on the tarmac at Rarotonga International Airport
Air Rarotonga route map as of February 2008[3]

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.[4] Its main base and hub is Rarotonga International Airport.[5]


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.[6]

City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Aitutaki  Cook Islands AIT NCAI Aitutaki Airport [6]
Atiu  Cook Islands AIU NCAT Enua Airport [6]
Mangaia  Cook Islands MGS NCMG Mangaia Airport [6]
Manihiki  Cook Islands MHZ NCMH Manihiki Island Airport [6]
Mauke  Cook Islands MUK NCMK Mauke Airport [6]
Mitiaro  Cook Islands MOI NCMR Mitiaro Airport [6]
Penrhyn Island  Cook Islands PYE NCPY Tongareva Airport [6]
Pukapuka  Cook Islands NCPK Pukapuka Island Airfield [6]
Rarotonga  Cook Islands RAR NCRG Rarotonga International Airport [6]

The airline codeshares with Air Tahiti on flights between Rarotonga and Tahiti with Air Tahiti being the operator and with Air New Zealand for flights between Rarotonga and Aitutaki with Air Rarotonga 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 and on to Auckland when required.[7]


As of April 2011 the Air Rarotonga fleet includes the following aircraft:[8]

Air Rarotonga Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers
Saab 340A 1[9] 0 34
Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante 2 0 15
Cessna Citation II 1 0 8
Cessna 172 1 0 3
Total 5 0

In February 2016, the airline added its first Jet to their fleet.[10]


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  2. ^ "Air Rarotonga. Airline code, web site, phone, reviews and opinions". Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  3. ^ "Air Rarotonga - Book a Flight". Retrieved 2014-09-12. 
  4. ^ "Air Rarotonga - Air Charter". Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Flight International 27 March 2007
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Air Rarotonga Route Maps". Air Rarotonga. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Air Rarotonga - Air Ambulance - Medical evacuation". Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Air Rarotonga - Fleet". Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 12. 
  10. ^ "Pacific Private Jet". Retrieved 26 February 2017. 

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