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  • Cook Islands

The International Air Services Commission (the Commission) has received an application PDF: 319 KB from Qantas requesting an allocation of 464 seats of passenger capacity per week on the Cook Islands route.  The capacity will be utilised by Qantas’ wholly-owned subsidiary Jetstar Airways Pty Limited.  It is planned that Jetstar will operate 2 frequencies per week between Sydney and Rarotonga from 29 June 2023. Qantas requested the capacity on the following basis:

  • the allocation is requested for a period of five years from the date of the determination;
  • the capacity will be fully utilised by 30 October 2023;
  • the capacity may be utilised by Qantas, or Jetstar Airways Pty Limited or another Australian carrier which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas; and
  • the capacity may be used by Qantas to provide joint services with any wholly-owned subsidiary and by any wholly-owned subsidiary of the Qantas Group to provide joint services with Qantas.

Invitation for other applications
In accordance with Section 12 of the International Air Services Commission Act 1992, the Commission invites other applications for capacity on the route.

The closing date for making an application is 15 December 2022. If you are intending to make an application, please inform the Director of the Commission, by email (at, of your intention to make an application as soon as possible.

Update: 20-December-2022

On 16 December 2022, the Commission issued Determination [2022] IASC 126 PDF: 213 KB, allocating to Qantas 464 seats of capacity per week to operate passenger services on the Cook Islands route. The determination is valid for 5 years from 16 December 2022.