The CNMI’s third signatory airline will have its inaugural touchdown at the Francisco C. Ada-Saipan International Airport this afternoon and the Marianas Visitors Authority said the entry of Dynamic Airways to the CNMI market bodes well for the islands’ thriving tourism industry.
“Following several months of discussion, we were most pleased last week when Dynamic Airways announced their inaugural flights to Saipan. At this time, arrivals from Korea are expected to continue to grow strongly in the year ahead. We warmly welcome Dynamic Airways as our newest partner in Northern Marianas tourism and we strongly encourage the community to continue to warmly welcome visitors from Korea and all our markets,” said MVA managing director Perry Tenorio in an email to Saipan Tribune.
The inaugural flight is expected to arrive on Saipan at 3:30pm.
MVA said that Dynamic Airways’ service will add another 26,000 annual seats out of the Korean market. These new flights alone will ensure continuous strong growth out of the Korea market for the coming year.
Dynamic Airways will fly the Saipan-Incheon/Incheon-Saipan route twice a week starting today, Oct. 30, using a Boeing 767 with a seat capacity of 250. The twice-weekly flights are scheduled every Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The twice-a-week flights from Korea are scheduled until Dec. 14. After that, Dynamic Airways plans to expand its flights to four times a week, also from the same market.
The carrier joins the CNMI’s signatory airlines Delta and Asiana airlines, which serve the Japan and Korea markets, respectively.
Arrivals from Korea soared 23 percent in September to 10,848 visitors, more than any other source market. Overall, arrivals from Korea were up 6 percent to 135,458 in fiscal year 2013 compared to the previous fiscal year.
Saipan Tribune earlier reported that Dynamic Airways was formally acquired by its new owners in May this year. Since then, the company has been working on getting the flights to the CNMI off the ground.
Dynamic Airways took over the former owner’s FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) 121 Certificate as an airline operator. Besides the CNMI, Dynamic Airways has other operations all over the United States.
As a U.S. airline, Dynamic Airways is not required to secure other permits such as local permits in the CNMI.
Dynamic Airways director Kevin Lee earlier said the carrier decided to offer its services to the Commonwealth to bring to the islands fair market competition that will boost the CNMI’s airlift and help revive its tourism industry.
Lee also assured that the new airline will offer a lower and fair market value for its tickets while ensuring a high standard of service.
The airline’s plan is to also serve the Japan and China markets in the long run.
Dynamic Airways was founded as a charter airline in 2010 and also operates many regular flights on behalf of other operators. The airline currently operates five Boeing 767-200 aircraft.