25 Mar 2009

CNMI optimistic over Asiana Airlines

12:18 pm on 25 March 2009

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Senate President says he is reasonably optimistic Asiana Airlines will not pull out of the nation despite the company losing millions of dollars annually.

Last week it was reported that the carrier posted a loss of 10 million US dollars on its Saipan-Korea flights in Fiscal Year 2008, double that of the previous year.

The Senate President, Pete Reyes, recently travelled to South Korea to meet with Kumho Asiana group representatives to seek additional flights to the CNMI to fill the gap left by Northwest Airlines cancelling some of their flights.

He says Asiana Airlines has contemplated pulling out of the CNMI but are now willing to look at the flights schedule and see if they can increase their flights.