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The Cook Islands are a self-governing island group in free association with New Zealand, in the South Pacific Ocean. Hawaii lies about 4500 km (about 2800 mi) to the north, and New Zealand is about 2600 km (about 1600 mi) to the southwest. A former colony of New Zealand, the Cooks gained self-government in 1965. Avarua, the capital, is located on the island of Rarotonga.

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February 6, 2016

Captain Cook Airline is a new start-up intending to start operations in the Cook Island domestic market in 2016 [added]

August 16, 2014

Cook Islands Airways- status changed to 'Renamed' & dates confirmed. Acquired by Air Rarotonga in 1991 update

June 14, 2014

Avaiki Air- short-lived carrier that folded after a tragic accident at Rarotonga in 1991 added

Airline

Status Operating Dates

Air Rarotonga   

Active 1978 - date

^ Comments : Air Rarotonga was founded in Feb1978 and started operations on 15Jul1978. Scheduled services within the Cook Islands

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Avaiki Air   

Inactive 1991 - 1991

^ Comments : Avaiki Air operated for a brief period in 1991. The Company folded after a tragic accident at Rarotonga

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Captain Cook Airline   

Not started (2016)

^ Comments : Captain Cook Airline is a new start-up intending to start operations in the Cook Island domestic market in 2016

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Cook Islands Airways   

Renamed 1973 - 1991

^ Comments : Cook Island Airways was formed on 31Jul1968 & first domestic service was on 25Nov1973 . Bought out by rival domestic carrier Air Rarotonga in 1991

^ Genealogy : Cook Islands Airways >>Air Rarotonga

Cook Islands International   

Inactive 1986 - 1992*

^ Comments : Cook Islands International was established in Jul1986 and operations began on 16Aug1986

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Kia Orana Air   

Not started (2012)

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