CPA to replace all fences around Saipan airport


In this file photo, powerful winds brought by Super Typhoon Yutu dragged and slammed this small aircraft into the fence at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport. The Commonwealth Ports Authority is planning to replace all fences at the airport. (Ferdie De La Torre)

The Commonwealth Ports Authority is planning to replace all fences around the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport after approximately 30 percent of its perimeter fence collapsed during Super Typhoon Yutu’s devastation.

CPA executive director Christopher S. Tenorio informed the CPA board last Friday that a temporary fence was erected and that they are putting together a request for proposals to replace all the fences around the airport including the perimeter.

In his updated report about Yutu’s damage, Tenorio said the fence will be included around the overnight parking lot, water tank and pump station, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) station, ARFF training facility, generator building, water catchment near United Cargo, and the waste water treatment plant.

With respect to the damage at the Pacific Region ARFF training center, the executive director said there was a major damage to the training center building, including at the waste water treatment plant, water tanks, fuel spill trainer, and surrounding areas.

He said ARFF mechanics are doing minor repairs, but major damage are going to be addressed through the request for proposals process and through specialized contractors for the technical systems.

As to the damage at the international terminal, Tenorio said debris has all been removed, while broken windows are currently being repaired/replaced.

He said the smoking area in the departure holding rooms is being repaired and all doors have been secured and are being addressed.

Tenorio said walls that have collapsed in the terminal have been replaced, and damaged air-condition units are being replaced.

Tenorio also said last Friday that airport has now 70 percent recovered from Yutu’s devastation last Oct. 24 and 25, but the damage to the infrastructure and facilities caused CPA to spend $2.6 million so far.

Tenorio also disclosed that the insurance company has given CPA $5 million in property insurance to start addressing the damaged property and that an additional $10 million will be forthcoming.

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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