The Northern Marianas flag carrier, Saipan Air, expects to bring in an additional 50,000 tourists to the territory and inject up to 100 million US dollars into the local economy a year.
The airline, which will have its inaugural flight on July the 1st, will initially provide daily flights to Narita in Japan and a four times a week service to Beijing in China.
From August, Saipan Air will offer daily flights to Osaka and thrice a week flights to Shenyang, China.
Saipan Air will use a Boeing 757-200 for the Narita, Beijing, and Shenyang flights while operating a Boeing 737-400 for the Osaka link.
Saipan Air also plans to fly to Nagoya, Fukuoka, Hong Kong and Taipei.