The U.S. Department of Defense has selected Tinian as the preferred alternative for its divert airfield project in the CNMI.
This follows years of protracted consultation with the local government, business community, and a environmental review process that prompted the U.S. Air Force to exclude fighter jets from the divert project.
Recently, U.S. Air Force leaders have advertised a “hybrid” option, to use both Saipan and Tinian airports, but that appears to be taken off the table.
The Commonwealth Ports Authority have repeatedly reiterated its position that divert be sited on Tinian and not on Saipan.
A “Record of Decision” formalizing the military’s selection of a preferred alternative is expected in June. More details to follow