2 Apr 2009

CNMI airline puts Seoul to Saipan flights on hold

11:43 am on 2 April 2009

Asiana Airlines from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has temporarily halted its daily flights between Seoul and Saipan through the end of June.

Governor Benigno Fitial says the carrier has promised to increase flights from Japan.

The governor told the Marianas Variety, Asiana is now negotiating with the Japanese government to fly daily between Osaka and Saipan.

He said international carriers can only negotiate with the Japanese government if it involves flight service slots.

Japan Airlines, which used to fly 14 flights a week on the Saipan route, reportedly has 21 CNMI slots from the Narita International Airport alone.

Asiana currently flies only four times a week between Osaka and Saipan and there are plans to increase it to seven times a week or daily.