Pacific Blue applies for additional Australia-Cook Islands rights

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Pacific Blue has applied to Australian authorities to operate two additional weekly services between points in Australia and the Cook Islands.

The Virgin Blue subsidiary has asked the International Air Services Commission (IASC) for permission to progressively introduce the services. It plans to fully utilise the capacity by 1 April 2011, says Pacific Blue.

It will operate the flights using its 180-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft, says the airline, which is requesting for the allocation for a period of five years.

The airline already operates flights between Cook Islands' Rarotonga Airport and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane via Auckland.