1 Sep 2010

FAA tells the Northern Marianas it's against use of Rota by the US military for safety reasons

5:47 pm on 1 September 2010

The Northern Marianas Ports Authority has turned down a request from the United States military that it be allowed to conduct parachute operations training on Rota, despite a promise of about 33,000 US dollars in revenue for the local government.

The decision came after the Federal Aviation Administration threatened to cut over 300 million dollars in funding to the CNMI, if the military's proposal was approved.

Our correspondent in the CNMI, Mark Rabago, says the Ports Authority didn't want to jeopardise planned upgrading projects at Rota and other airports.

He says the FAA had safety concerns about the military's plans.