Skymark still seeking OK for daily flights

3 inbound, 3 outbound flights this month

Skymark Airlines Inc. is still trying to obtain official regulatory approval to operate regular daily flights to Saipan, according to a Skymark official yesterday.

In response to Saipan Tribune’s request for information about Skymark’s flights and plans to have direct flights, John Furuya, Skymark International Flight Preparation Office assistant general manager, said in an email they are currently doing their best to get such approval so they can have their “regular operation” at the soonest.

Furuya did not elaborate.

The Federal Aviation Administration regulates all flights to and from the United States and its territories.

Furuya did disclose that, for this September, Skymark Airlines will be having three inbound flights from Narita, Japan, on Sept. 20, 21, and 22. The three outbound flights from Saipan will be on Sept. 23, 24, and 25.

Furuya said he attended an operational meeting on Saipan last month and visited the island last week with their sales and marketing team.

Last August, Skymark Airlines had six inbound flights from Narita, Japan, and six outbound flights from Saipan.

Last March 22, Skymark made a historic touchdown on Saipan with a chartered B737-800 plane carrying 173 passengers, making it the first Japanese carrier to fly directly to Saipan since Japan Airlines withdrew from the CNMI in 2005.

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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