9 Nov 2011

CNMI sees fewer flights and smaller aircraft to Rota

11:36 am on 9 November 2011

The Guam based airline Freedom Air has reduced the size of its aircraft and dropped the number of flights to Rota in the Northern Mariana Islands.

The airline has replaced its 39-seater aircraft with a seven-seater, and has been running fewer flights to Rota for a week.

The Freedom Air-CNMI station manager, Dennis Cruz, says the smaller aircraft Navajo will only be temporary because of regular maintenance work being carried out on the bigger Shorts 330 aircraft.

He says the company expects to resume the use of larger aircraft in about ten days.

The aircraft also temporarily stopped flying to Rota on Mondays and Fridays.

The Senate President, Paul Manglona, says the temporary changes are affecting tourism and domestic travel to Rota Island.