25 Oct 2005

Japan Airlines to close Northern Marianas office at month's end

11:24 am on 25 October 2005

Japan Airlines will close its Saipan office in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas at the end of this month, leaving local employees out of pocket.

The Saipan Tribune newspaper says although JAL ceased operating regular flights on October 4th, but the airline's Saipan office will remain open until the end of the month, to serve the remaining flights this month.

One of the managers for JAL-Saipan, Ricardo Manalo said from November all JAL flights to Saipan would be operated out of Guam.

JAL used to provide Saipan daily DC-10 flights from Narita and daily Boeing 767 flights from Kansai that had a combined capacity of 182,000 seats annually.

Economically, the Marianas Visitors Authority said, JAL's flight cancellations would result in a US$36.7 million drop in government revenues and the loss of an estimated 2,550 jobs.