9 Jan 2012

Kia Orana Air hoping to launch Cooks domestic airline

11:21 am on 9 January 2012

Plans are underway in the Cook Islands to establish a new domestic airline.

Kia Orana Air is planning to secure land space at Rarotonga's international airport complex.

The company says it will bid on a piece of land with the hope of launching its first flight sometime this year.

Director Mark Lusby says the aspiring airline is putting in a tender for a section of land in the airport grounds that is currently being advertised for tender by the Cook Islands Airport Authority.

He says Kia Orana Air will not be able to function until it is allocated some land for a hanger and offices at the airport.

Cook Islands news reports the Airport Authority chief executive, Joseph Ngamata, saying there is more than one company interested in the land.