Leasing property adjacent to airport for non-aeronautical activities considered


The Commonwealth Ports Authority is exploring the idea of leasing its property adjacent to the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport for non-aeronautical activities to earn more money.

According to a CPA document called “Strategic Planning for CNMI Air and Seaports,” its existing leases—both aviation/harbor and non-aviation/non-harbor—enable CPA to earn a substantial amount.

CPA’s plan is to examine various land leases that are outside of the aeronautical/harbor classification.

CPA said the Department of Public Lands’ land use plan and the CPA’s master plans are nearing completion, which will assist CPA in determining the different types of potential leases.

CPA’s intent is to align its development plan with that of the CNMI government.

CPA is also exploring the possibility of charging fees for the use of baggage carts as another potential revenue source.

CPA noted that many airports worldwide have implemented a fee for the use of baggage carts.

CPA, however, conceded that given the airport’s current footprint, it is still undetermined if this venture would be profitable.

Passengers use baggage carts for a distance of only a few feet.

Another idea is establishing a food and beverage kiosk after or in the arrival area. All food and beverage stations are right now located in the departure areas.

Another idea is establishing booths for tour companies as most arriving passengers are associated with a tour agent/company.

CPA executive director Christopher S. Tenorio said the Strategic Planning outlines what the staff and management have identified as priorities that CPA will pursue in the next four years.

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 ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com
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