SMA to launch Rota-Guam flights


Star Marianas Airlines has announced that it will start providing weekly Rota-Guam flights starting next week. 

According to an announcement on Star Marianas’ Facebook page last Tuesday, starting next week, the airline will begin flying between Rota and Guam every Tuesday and Thursday. 

“We would sincerely like to thank the Rota leadership (especially Sen. Paul Manglona and Rep. Donald Manglona), and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol for their assistance in making this happen,” the post stated. 

Star Marianas says reservations can now be made either through their website, or by calling their reservations office at 670-483-9996. 

According to Saipan Tribune archives, back in May, Rep. Donald Manglona (Ind-Rota) wrote a letter addressed to SMA general manager Jose Cruz, stating that his office and Sen. Paul Manglona’s (Ind-Rota) are ready to fund the airfare for a CBP officer from Saipan to Rota once SMA agrees to resume flights from Rota to Guam.

Manglona noted that the lack of a CBP personnel to conduct a pre-clearance check is one of the reasons flight service between Rota and Guam was temporarily suspended.

Previously there were no CBP personnel stationed on Rota or Tinian, since Saipan was the only point of entry and exit for international flights.

However, thanks to the agreement, a CBP officer will be flown to Rota every Tuesday and Thursday, courtesy of Sen. Manglona and Rep. Manglona, to perform clearance checks making the resumption of the Rota-Guam flights possible again.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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