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MVA board approves promotion agreement with Skymark Airlines

THE Marianas Visitors Authority board on Friday last week authorized MVA management to enter into a joint-promotion agreement with Skymark Airlines.

Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third largest carrier, earlier agreed to launch direct flights between the CNMI and Japan following the termination of Delta Air Lines’ Narita-Saipan flight service on May 6.

At a special meeting, MVA board chairwoman Gloria Cavanagh said they allowed MVA management to negotiate a sole-source contract with Skymark Airlines for a joint-promotion agreement.

Marianas Visitors Authority board chairwoman Gloria Cavanagh presides over a recent special board meeting to discuss the joint promotion contract with Skymark Airlines.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoMarianas Visitors Authority board chairwoman Gloria Cavanagh presides over a recent special board meeting to discuss the joint promotion contract with Skymark Airlines. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

“For the last couple of years, we’ve been trying to get additional direct flights from Japan, but we’ve been turned down every single time. But this is actually an airline that is very interested and wants to start right away,” Cavanagh told Variety after the board meeting.

She said the board has determined that the agreement is fiscally responsible and financially viable.

Acting MVA Managing Director Judy Torres said the contract will be advantageous to the CNMI tourism industry. “It will be for the benefit of the CNMI,” she added.

In May, CNMI officials and Skymark Airlines executives agreed to launch a direct flight service this winter.