28 Aug 2012

Niue business group discussing air links to Tonga and Cook Islands

3:24 pm on 28 August 2012

Efforts are underway to revive regional air services between Niue, the Cook Islands and Tonga.

Niue is currently served by a weekly Air New Zealand flight from Auckland, but

Air Rarotonga and the Tongan domestic airline Chathams have told the Niue Business Roundtable they are interested in providing additional services.

The Roundtable's Mark Cross says they have had a positive response from the Pacific Island Private Sector Organization and the South Pacific Tourism Organisation and hope that the New Zealand aid programme can also assist.

He says it is just at the discussion stage at this point but there is interest on the island.

"It is not just about Niue, it is more about the region and trying to tie in all the islands right across the Pacific, for the purposes of tourism, business collaboration, sport and cultural interaction. So it is not just about trying to get east-west flights into Niue. It is about trying to link the whole of Polynesia up, from east to west."