Air Rarotonga

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Air Rarotonga
IATA ICAO Callsign
GZ [1] RAR [2] Rarotonga
Hubs Rarotonga International Airport
Fleet size6
Headquarters Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Key peopleEwan Smith
Air Rarotonga Embraer 110 at Rarotonga International Airport (2012) Air Rarotonga Embraer EMB 110 (E5-TAK) at Rarotonga Airport.jpg
Air Rarotonga Embraer 110 at Rarotonga International Airport (2012)
Air Rarotonga Saab 340 on the tarmac at Rarotonga International Airport Air Rarotonga Saab.JPG
Air Rarotonga Saab 340 on the tarmac at Rarotonga International Airport
Air Rarotonga route map as of February 2008 AirRarotongaRoutes.svg
Air Rarotonga route map as of February 2008

Air Rarotonga is an airline based in Rarotonga, Cook Islands and is ‘The Airline of the Cook Islands’. It operates inter-island scheduled services throughout the Cook Islands. It also operates chartered flights to French Polynesia, Niue, Samoa and Tonga. [4] Its main base and hub is Rarotonga International Airport. [5]



The airline was established in February 1978 and started operations in July 1978 with a Cessna 337 aircraft. The company is owned by three private investors. More than 70,000 passengers travel between its island destinations each year. [6]


Following is a list of destinations Air Rarotonga flies to as part of its scheduled services, as of October 2018. [7]

CityCountryIATAICAOAirportRefs and Notes
Aitutaki Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands AITNCAI Aitutaki Airport [7]
Atiu Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands AIUNCAT Enua Airport [7]
Mangaia Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands MGSNCMG Mangaia Airport [7]
Manihiki Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands MHZNCMH Manihiki Island Airport [7]
Mauke Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands MUKNCMK Mauke Airport [7]
Mitiaro Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands MOINCMR Mitiaro Airport [7]
Penrhyn Island Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands PYENCPY Tongareva Airport [7]
Pukapuka Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands NCPK Pukapuka Island Airfield [7]
Rarotonga Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands RARNCRG Rarotonga International Airport [7]

The airline codeshares with Air Tahiti on flights between Rarotonga and Tahiti with Air Tahiti being the operator and with Air New Zealand for flights between Rarotonga and Aitutaki with Air Rarotonga being the operator.

The airline also offers scenic flights over Rarotonga and air charter services to neighbouring Pacific Island countries including Tahiti, Niue, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and Kiribati.

The airline also operates Air Ambulance evacuations from all island airports in the Cook Islands and on to Auckland when required. [8]


As of October 2019 the Air Rarotonga fleet includes the following aircraft: [9]

Air Rarotonga Fleet
Saab 340B+ 2034
Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante 2015
Cessna Citation II 108
Cessna 172 103

In February 2016, the airline added its first Jet to their fleet. [10]

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