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MVA chief: Skymark Airlines will help boost Japan market

MARIANAS Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion expects to see a significant increase in arrivals from Japan once Skymark Airlines begins its flight service to the CNMI.

“We are excited about Skymark’s plan to fly to the CNMI from either Tokyo-Haneda or Tokyo-Narita,” he added.

He said Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres and the MVA leadership were in “intense negotiations” with Skymark for several months, resulting in the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding between the CNMI government and the airline company.

Christpher Attao Concepcion

Concepcion said they have offered full support to Skymark to ensure that the flights are successful.

“We are now working on a full-blown marketing plan tailored specifically for Skymark which we will be launching in Japan soon,” he said, adding that with the reentry of a Japan-based carrier into the CNMI, MVA is very optimistic about the future.

Even before the suspension of Delta Air Lines operations on May 6, he said CNMI and MVA officials were already looking for other companies that could provide Japan-Saipan flights.

In late February, he said he and the governor met with several Japan market stakeholders to underscore the importance of the Japan market and the CNMI’s plans to revitalize it.

On Friday, Governor Torres and Skymark Airlines president Masahiko Ichie signed an MOU for a direct flight service later this year.

The administration said Skymark Airlines is Japan’s third largest carrier headquartered at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo and will be the first Japan-based carrier in the CNMI since 2005, when Japan Airlines closed its Saipan office.