CPA to press ahead with new terminal at Rota airport


The Commonwealth Ports Authority board of directors has exempted from austerity measures the Request for Proposals in the Rota Master Concession project that aims to build new international terminal facility on the island.

CPA board Airport Facilities Committee chair Barrie C. Toves told Saipan Tribune over the weekend that exempting the Rota Master Concession RFP project from the austerity measures will ensure that CPA move forward with the Benjamin T. Manglona International Airport plan for new international terminal facilities.

Toves disclosed that a few private investors have already shown interest in partnering with CPA to build the new international terminal building and amenities to facilitate their planned investment ventures on Rota.

“The ports of entry are the most essential infrastructure to our local economy,” he said.

Toves said the austerity measures adopted by the board include suspension of all CPA general revenue funded projects. He said the Rota Master Concession project is one of those general revenue funded projects that he has been working with the board, the Airport Facilities Committee, and CPA team to push through for the potential development and expansion of the island’s airport facilities.

He said potential private investors have been waiting for the project’s RFP.

Toves is thankful to CPA board chair Kimberlyn King-Hinds and the board of directors for approving his request to exempt the RFP from the austerity measures.

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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