AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALANDMike Pero, a New Zealand businessman and entrepreneur said it canceled plans to launch Cook Islands-based airline.

Pasifika Air had been intended to provide air link between the Cook Islands, Christchurch, and Wellington.

"It is understood there have been too many obstacles to the plan, which would have made it hard to run the airline profitably," Mike Pero said.

He also stated that he found the Cook Islands government’s lack of enthusiasm for the airline “quite hurtful” and “the most disappointing reason” the airline couldn’t proceed.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty over quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and the Cook Islands, Pero put his plans on hold in April 2021.

At that time he said on social media the most suitable aircraft to operate direct flights would have been the Boeing 737-800.