19 May 2010

Delta to resume daily Nagoya to CNMI flights next month

10:04 am on 19 May 2010

Delta Airlines in the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands is to resume its daily flights from Nagoya to Saipan next month.

The carrier had suspended the flight on April the 5th due to low air seat demand from the destination.

The Managing Director of the Marianas Visitors Authority, Perry Tenorio, says it's good news that will help boost visitor arrivals to the CNMI.

The CNMI has been suffering from a significant reduction in airline seats from Japan since 2005 when Japan Airlines pulled out.

During a presentation at the Saipan Rotary Club in Saipan yesterday, Mr Tenorio cited limited marketing funds and unstable air seats as some of the biggest challenges of the industry.

He says the CNMI only has 1 million US dollars to promote the islands, which is says is piddling compared with Australia, Hawaii and Guam, which have 12 million, nine million and 6 million dollars respectively.