9 Feb 2005

Northern Marianas commuter airline winds up

11:15 am on 9 February 2005

Pacific Island Aviation is winding up flights between Guam and the Northern Marianas for the last time today with the loss of about 60 jobs.

The company, which has been plying the route for 16 years, says it can no longer compete with Freedom Air and Cape Air.

The Saipan Tribune newspaper reports the airline's chief executive director, Robert Christian, as saying he's proud to have been part of the community's development.

The Hotel Association says it's sad to see a small commuter airline go.

Pacific Island Aviation says it's working with Northwest Airlines and travel agents to get customers rebooked on other carriers.