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Volunteers help airport prepare for reopening on Nov. 15

(MVA) — In anticipation of the reopening of the Francisco C. Ada Saipan International Airport to regular daytime flights on Thursday, Nov. 15, dozens of volunteers from the tourism industry have lent a helping hand to the Commonwealth Ports Authority to ensure the facility is shipshape following Super Typhoon Yutu.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, volunteers from Northern Marianas Diving Operators Association, POI Aviation, and the Marianas Visitors Authority began several days of clearing debris around the facility.

“The CNMI are tourism islands, and we need guests to come back,” said NMDOA president Hitoshi Yamaguchi about the group’s support for the airport cleanup.

Gov. Ralph Torres had earlier set a goal that the airport would be open to daytime flights on Nov. 15.

“As FEMA has said, getting businesses and the economy back up is also a priority, and we are all looking forward to once again welcoming visitors to our beautiful islands,” said MVA Managing Director Christopher A. Concepcion.  “Tourism is still the primary economic driver of the Marianas, and the sooner we resume regular tourism operations, the better for businesses, employees, the government, and the community.  We thank our industry partners — those who are assisting CPA and all those lending a hand in many different ways across Saipan and Tinian — for their extra assistance to the government and community during this time of need. The progress we are making as a unified community is just tremendous.”

Last year, the Marianas welcomed nearly 660,000 visitors, primarily from Korea, China, and Japan.