Star Marianas Air increases scheduled flights


Star Marianas Air, Inc. announced yesterday that it would be increasing the number of scheduled seats operated between Saipan and Rota by 30% beginning January 2021.

SMA will be adding a third flight between Saipan and Rota on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Beginning Jan. 9, 2021, SMA will resume weekend flights between Saipan and Rota by initially operating one midday flight on Saturday and one afternoon flight on Sunday.

In addition to the increased flights between Saipan and Rota, SMA will also be increasing its flights between Saipan and Tinian by beginning afternoon flights at 2pm on weekends. The change to the Saipan-Tinian flight schedule will take effect this weekend, Jan. 2, 2021.

“We are noticing that there is more demand for interisland travel and are happy to be able to adjust our services to meet the demand,” said SMA reservations manager Myrese Cruz. “Demand is still below what we were seeing prior to the pandemic, but is showing signs of improvement which is very encouraging.”

SMA is a U.S. regional commuter airline serving the CNMI and Guam. The “Star” in Star Marianas Air comes from the first letter of the islands of Saipan, Tinian, Aguiguan, and Rota. SMA operates a fleet of 14 aircraft and is the only airline based in the CNMI.

Information about SMA including flight schedules can be found on its website at​ or by contacting its reservations office on Tinian at (670) 433-9996 or 433-9998. (PR)

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