Skymark Airlines donates $26K to NMI recovery efforts

SKYMARK Airlines, which will start its Narita-Saipan flight service next year, donated 3 million Japanese yen, or over $26,400, and 800 blankets to the CNMI for its post-typhoon recovery efforts.

On Friday, Skymark Airlines executives led by executive officer Naturoshi Terada and assistant general manager John Furuya handed  the donation to the Marianas Visitors Authority  during its general membership meeting at Fiesta Resort & Spa. The event was also attended by Japan Consul Kinji Shinoda and  tourism stakeholders.

MVA Managing Director Chris Concepcion said they will turn over the donation to Karidat Social Services.

“We are very happy because they haven’t started their operations yet but you can already see that they really care about the people of the Marianas,” MVA Board Chairwoman Marian Aldan-Pierce said.

Skymark Airlines executives pose with Marianas Visitors Authority officials and Japan Consul Kinji Shinoda during the presentation of a symbolic check representing Skymark’s donation to the island’s post-typhoon recovery efforts.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoSkymark Airlines executives pose with Marianas Visitors Authority officials and Japan Consul Kinji Shinoda during the presentation of a symbolic check representing Skymark’s donation to the island’s post-typhoon recovery efforts. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

Terada said they happy to assist in rebuilding the islands that were devastated by a super typhoon.

“What we just did is just a very small thing but it is important that  we help the CNMI,” he said.

Concepcion said Skymark also provided meals to the typhoon shelterees, and its promotion and marketing partner in Japan,  Access Incorporated,  donated 1 million Japanese yen or over $8,800 to the CNMI typhoon recovery efforts.

“We are so grateful and appreciative of their efforts to help the CNMI. It says a lot about our partnership with our friend from Japan,” he added.