Rarotonga International Airport
|Rarotonga International Airport|
Rarotonga International Airport from the air
|IATA: RAR – ICAO: NCRG|
|Location||Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands|
|Elevation AMSL||19 ft / 6 m|
Rarotonga International Airport (IATA: RAR, ICAO: NCRG) is the Cook Islands' main international gateway, located in the town and district of Avarua, Rarotonga, 3km west of the downtown area on the northern coast.
The airport first opened in 1975 on the site of a former U.S. World War II base.
In 2003, the terminal and departure and check-in areas were revamped at a cost of US$650,000.
An $8.5m reconstruction project commenced in 2009 to revamp and expand the existing terminal facilities. The new-look terminal was officially opened on 22 June 2010.
Because of the close proximity of the runways to the nearby roads, it is possible to get very close[vague] to aircraft while they are landing. Runway 08, which is at the western end of the runway, in particular is often very popular when a large jet is landing.
Airlines and destinations
|Air New Zealand||Auckland, Los Angeles, Sydney
|Air Rarotonga||Aitutaki, Atiu, Papeete, Mauke, Mangaia|
|Jetstar Airways||Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney (all begin 22 March 2016)|
- "Revamp for airport check-in area" (Press release). Cook Islands Government. 9 August 2003. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
- "New $8.5m airport terminals opened". Cook Islands News. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
- Gibson, Nevil. "Jetstar to launch Cook Islands service next March". National Business Review. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
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- Airport information for NCRG at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.