28 Jun 2012

CNMI's Visitors Authority calls off events after airline launch aborted

10:57 am on 28 June 2012

In the Northern Marianas, the indefinite postponement of Saipan Air's operations has prompted the Marianas Visitors Authority to recall all local and off-island events related to the aborted launch next month.

Saipan Air announced last week that it was suspending its operation until further notice, citing issues beyond its control as factors behind the decision.

Among the cancelled events are activities lined up for the supposed inaugural flight on the first of July, where the authorities had prepared a ceremony for dignitaries and passengers of the maiden flight.

Saipan Air is also planning to file a lawsuit against Swift Air, the company that was supposed to provide the aircraft for its operations.

Saipan Air had planned to introduce flights from key cities in Japan and China.

It initially wanted to offer daily flights to Narita City, Japan and four times a week to Beijing, China.

The new carrier was seeking to gain back the Japanese traffic the islands lost after Japan Airlines pulled out in October 2005.