The mayor of Manihiki in the Cook Islands northern group, Kora Kora, is calling on the government to help cope with the 69-percent fare increase on Air Rarotonga flights.
The fare to the northern groups is now nearly 15-hundred US dollars one way - a rise of more than 600 dollars.
Mr Kora says they need government support to cope with the fare increase.
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We're looking at government in aid and helping in subsidising the fuel and also other matters that can be looked at to take off the price of airfares to Manihiki.
Mr Kora who is currently on the main island Rarotonga says he will be talking with the community over the fare increases.