No regular flights from Asia until Sept. 30 

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SKYMARK and other Asian airlines will not have regular flights to and from Saipan until Sept. 30, the Commonwealth Ports Authority said.

CPA Executive Director Christopher Tenorio, in an interview, said Skymark, Jeju Air, Asiana and Sichuan have moved their fight schedules again.

Skymark Airlines notified CPA last week that it will resume its flight service on Sept. 30 in response to low demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Skymark, which serves the Narita-Saipan route, made an official announcement during the CPA airport operation committee meeting with airline representatives and other stakeholders on Tuesday morning, Tenorio said.

The committee conducted the meeting to present the CNMI Covid-19 mitigation plan that will be implemented when the local tourism industry reopens, which is tentatively set for July 15.

Those who attended the meeting were representatives from United Airlines, Skymark Airlines, Jeju Air, Asiana Airlines and Sichuan Air.

These airlines initially told CPA that they planned to resume flights by June. This was moved to July, and now to Sept. 30.

Skymark, which suspended its Saipan flight service in March, originally planned to resume on May 10.

Tenorio said CPA is expecting a Jeju Air charter flight next week and an Asiana Airlines flight on July 27 for returning Koreans who reside, study or work on Saipan.

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