CNMI tourism sector braces for hit from flight cut

9:06 am on 25 May 2015

The Northern Marianas tourism industry is set to take a hit after Asiana Airlines announced it will cut the number of flights from South Korea.

The airline will now fly only one flight a day to Saipan, instead of two.

The managing director of the Marianas Visitors Authority, Perry Tenorio, says the airline's has decided to divert the flight to a new route between Seoul and Hiroshima.

Mr Perry says the decision will cost the CNMI economy about 55 million US dollars a year, which will reduce the territory's forecast tourism revenue for the year by about 4.6 percent.

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