Visitor arrivals to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas in January this year were down three percent compared with the same time last year.
According to the Marianas Visitors Authority, arrivals to the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota registered 34,738 visitors last month compared to 35,716 in January 2010.
Arrivals from Japan fell 13 percent to 15,646 visitors due to a decline in air seats.
In January 2010, the Northern Marianas had two charter flights and five daily direct flights from Japan; three from Narita, one from Nagoya, and one from Osaka.
In January 2011, one flight from Narita was reduced from daily to three flights weekly, and daily flights from Nagoya were reduced to three flights weekly in the first three days of January before being suspended on January the tenth.
The flights resumed on February the second and will continue until April the third.