Visitor arrivals to the Northern Mariana Islands in September saw a 15 percent decline compared with the same period last year.
According to the Marianas Visitors Authority, arrivals to the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota registered 25,408 visitors in September this year compared to 29,917 in September last year.
Overall visitor arrivals were down eight percent in fiscal year 2011 to 338,106 visitors.
Arrivals from Japan also dropped 30 percent to 11,872.
In September, the CNMI was scheduled to receive four flights a week on Fly Marianas but a high percentage of these flights were cancelled due to operational issues.
In addition, the CNMI received only two daily flights from Narita compared to three daily flights in September 2010.