19 Aug 2004

Aloha Airlines to end Cooks flights

3:41 pm on 19 August 2004

An Aloha Airlines manager in Rarotonga says there has been too much competition to keep its flights to the Cook Islands.

Aloha, which flies twice a week from Honolulu to Rarotonga, via Pago Pago, has decided to suspend flights to the Cooks from December the 11th.

The contract manager for Aloha, Tua Pittman, says unfortunately the service was unprofitable as flights to Rarotonga were less than half full.

"Aloha Airlines probably were not as aggressive in the marketing area with regards of getting people from the US to Rarotonga. On the same hand, they did open up services between Hawaii and Pago Pago American Samoa. And those flights were very successful."

Tua Pittman says the change is disappointing and will have a negative impact on the local tourist economy.

Aloha Airlines plans to use the plane for more domestic flights.