Hawaiian Airlines launches new routes to destinations hard to reach for American tourists

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  • Hawaiian Airlines has a new non-stop service between Honolulu and the Cook Islands.

  • The new service will be the only airlink between the South Pacific country and the United States.

  • In the past, American tourists had to stop in New Zealand or Tahiti to get to the islands.

Hawaiian Airlines opens doors to hard-to-reach South Pacific countries.

Beginning May 20, Honolulu-based airlines will: start Weekly service to Rarotonga, the largest island in the Cook Islands. It will be Hawaiian Airlines’ first flight to the country since his 1993, but the route was relatively short-lived with just six years of service.

The airline will use an Airbus A321neo on the route, departing Honolulu at 4pm on Saturday and arriving at 10:25pm the same day. The approximately 6.5 hour return flight departs Rarotonga on Sunday at 11:35 PM and returns to Hawaii at 5:50 AM the next day. Hawaiian says ticket sales will begin on December 7.

“This service greatly expands travel opportunities between the Cook Islands and the United States, thanks to timely connections and a robust network that includes service between eight cities in Hawaii and California,” said Hawaii’s President and CEO Peter Ingram said in a press release. .

Hawaiian Airlines’ new route will be the only link between the Cook Islands and the United States, making it easier for travelers to reach the isolated country.

The service has made it easier for Americans to connect to the Cook Islands, but Air New Zealand previously used Boeing 777s to connect Rarotonga and Los Angeles once a week, but during the pandemic, I stopped this route. By local New Zealand news outlet Stuff.

A spokeswoman for the company said in June, “As we grow out of Covid, we are turning our attention to what we do best: gaining customers to, from and within New Zealand. I am,” he said.

In August, the country’s home airline, Rarotonga Airlines, reportedly launched a direct flight between Papeete, Tahiti and Rarotonga. Local publications Enjoying the Cook IslandsThe airline also operates domestic flights around the islands.

The service comes after Air Tahiti completes 13 years of service between the two countries in 2020. For those traveling to the Cook Islands via Tahiti on Air Rarotonga, Delta Air Lines New Nonstop Flight to Papeete Departing from Los Angeles on December 17th.

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