4 Sep 2014

Asiana to fly CNMI's Russian tourists

4:12 pm on 4 September 2014

The South Korean airline Asiana is stepping in to service Russian tourists travelling to the Northern Marianas after AviaCharter suspended flights two weeks early than expected.

AviaCharters had planned to suspend flights on September the 1st, but discontinued the services early following a disagreement with partner Orenburgh Airlines, with whom they were planning a new programme.

Asiana will service Russian tourists from Khabarovsk, Vladivostok and Sakhalin travelling to the CNMI.

AviaCharters is expected to resume flights on October the 27th provided the issue is resolved.

According to a Marianas Visitors Authority's statement earlier this month, the cancellation of AviaCharters flights is expected to cost the CNMI's 35 million US dollars.

Asian tourists on a CNMI beach

Asian tourists on a CNMI beach Photo: RNZ / Mark Rabago