BREAKING NEWS: Saipan airport will get 6 int’l flights a day starting today


The Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport will be open from 6am to 6pm and will be limited to receiving up to a maximum of six international flights a day beginning today, Oct. 28.


Commonwealth Ports Authority executive director Christopher S. Tenorio said inbound flights are limited to returning residents and humanitarian assistance.


“Passengers must communicate with the airlines directly for flight details and arrangements,” Tenorio said.


He said the operations will be manually processed as a large amount of equipment were damaged.


“Passenger and baggage clearance will be manually screened,” he said.


He disclosed that the Transportation Security Administration’s checkpoint area has one operable screening machine.


He said all passenger loading bridges are out of service so to portable stairs will be used.


“The stairs are also limited in reach, thus, could only be used on certain aircrafts,” Tenorio said.


CPA has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help bring in additional stairs.


Tenorio said the airport’s power has not been restored and the generator is not able to power the entire airport at a hundred percent.


“Navigational aids are still out of service and repairs are being made in the tower’s communications,” he said, adding that all air-conditioning units are damaged.

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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