Samoa to Cook Islands

Air Rarotonga will be offering direct flights from Apia, Samoa, to the atolls of the Northern Cook Islands for Christmas, 2009. Penrhyn, Manihiki, and Pukapuka are actually closer to Apia than they are to Rarotonga, in fact, the distance from Apia to Pukapuka (an official port of entry) is half that of Rarotonga to Pukapuka. The Air Rarotonga flights will connect in Apia with Air New Zealand and Polynesia Blue flights to/from Auckland, Bribane, and Sydney. The exact schedule hasn’t been decided although the flights will likely operate in December 2009 and January 2010. It should be a cheaper and faster route between Australia/New Zealand and the Northern Cook Islands for local residents and visitors alike.