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Saipan airport back to commercial operation with limited flights

COMMERCIAL operations have resumed at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport, but it can accommodate only a limited number of flights, the Commonwealth Ports Authority said.

It added that airlines with tourists and other types of travelers will be allowed entry starting Thursday, Nov. 15.

CPA said the airport is still not 100 percent functional and is still operating from sunrise to sunset.

The normal operational hours, which will include both day and night operations, will resume on Nov. 20, CPA added.

But the runway will still be closed from 5 p.m. to midnight daily for ongoing projects such as the precision approach path indicator and the runway end identifier lights.

CPA will accept a limited number of flights per day as the Saipan airport operates with a stair trucks.

The airport continues to operate on generators, but added that it is working with the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. to expedite the return of the Saipan airport to the CUC power grid.

CPA said cleanup and debris removal is 75 percent complete, but it needs additional resources such as heavy equipment to clean up the remaining debris.

The port of Saipan is now operational and is back to CUC power grid while the Tinian airport continues to operate on a generator, CPA said.