Arriving passengers get free airport WiFi

Fourth from left, airport manager Ed Mendiola, sales and marketing manager Hans Mickelson, and CPA executive director Chris Tenorio, along with CPA staff, pose to celebrate the launch of IT&E's free airport WiFi for arriving passengers. (Contributed Photo)

Fourth from left, airport manager Ed Mendiola, sales and marketing manager Hans Mickelson, and CPA executive director Chris Tenorio, along with CPA staff, pose to celebrate the launch of IT&E’s free airport WiFi for arriving passengers. (Contributed Photo)

IT&E recently installed free WiFi for all arriving passengers at the Francisco C. Ada Saipan International Airport. This new service is in addition to the free internet services already provided at the departure gate for domestic flights.

IT&E general manager Rose Soledad said the project is a collaboration with the Commonwealth Ports Authority, in partnership with the Marianas Visitors Authority.

“Our arrival terminal is the first gateway in the tourist experience in the CNMI and with the support of the Commonwealth Ports Authority, we’ve installed high-speed internet for arriving passengers of domestic and international flights to use when they disembark and before they reach Customs,” she said.

Commonwealth Ports Authority executive director Chris Tenorio said that many arriving passengers use the free WiFi with ease.

“On behalf of the CPA board and management, we thank IT&E for the free wireless internet that is available for passengers to use. We’ve received great feedback and see that this service is a great addition to our facilities,” Tenorio said.

Sales and Marketing manager Hans Mickelson added that several international flights could easily avail of the free internet during their arrival and will continue to have internet access at the baggage claim area.

“Free airport WiFi is just an initial step to increasing network capacity and services to better serve tourism as well as the community. Airports across the world, and especially in Asia, provide these services free of charge and we’ve provided our internet services as a courtesy for travelers during the early morning hours. Travelers will have quicker access to the internet for the latest news, or even social media to get their vacation started on a positive note,” he said. (IT&E)

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  • ericc1968

    I thought reducing the 4 hour wait times for clearing immigration would be a priority……but hey, this is the islands right?

    • RussMason

      It’s a variation on “Island Fever.” The symptoms are that nobody especially cares

  • captain

    That is very good now the illegal workers can notify their boss that they arrived and can ask how many more workers they can recruit while waiting for clearance. The bus can be waiting for their pickup.

    • RussMason

      OK, funny.

      But for the legitimate tourists this will be a godsend. Waiting in line for hours is a killer. At least now they can do something to pass the time.

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