Beijing Air drops suit vs CPA


The company that operates Beijing Airlines voluntarily dropped its suit yesterday against the Commonwealth Ports Authority and its executive director, Christopher S. Tenorio.

Beijing Capital Airlines Co. Ltd., through its lawyer, Daniel T. Guidotti, asked the U.S. District Court for the NMI to dismiss its lawsuit without prejudice, which means it may re-file the case in the future.

The motion for the dismissal of the lawsuit did not provide details.

At a conference on Friday before U.S. District Court for the NMI magistrate judge Heather L. Kennedy, Guidotti told the court that the parties have reached a resolution and will be filing a stipulation to dismiss the case.

Attorney Robert T. Torres represented CPA and Tenorio in the case.

Kennedy then set a telephone status conference for today, Tuesday, at 1:30pm, but told the parties that the conference will be vacated if the parties file a stipulation to drop the matter.

Beijing Capital Airlines, which operates Beijing Airlines, filed the lawsuit last Tuesday to stop CPA from preventing it from landing at the Francisco C. Ada-Saipan International Airport, based upon a resolution by the CPA board.

The CPA board resolution, which was adopted last June 13, had suspended the entry of new international flights to the CNMI for 60 days.

The CNMI government and CPA was supposed to use the 60 days to assess the current state of the CNMI’s infrastructure’s capacity to accommodate the rapid increase in visitor arrival.

Last Thursday, Tenorio issued an order, stating that the suspension will stay “for an indefinite period” until a response is received from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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