8 Sep 2011

CNMI eyes setting up flag carrier airline

3:23 pm on 8 September 2011

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is planning to set up its own airline to boost tourism.

Our correspondent, Mark Rabago, says there are not enough airlines to support the territory's main industry, which is tourism.

"It would allow the CNMI to control tourists coming from its key markets- Korea, China, and Japan. Control- it means they can decide the schedule of those airlines, the frequency of the flights. The problem right now with the CNMI is we don't have enough airlines servicing the Islands."

Mark Rabago says if the Fitial administration cannot secure the multi-million dollar investment needed for a new airline, it will back a privately owned carrier.