CNMI Report – Sichuan Airlines Eyes Direct Flights to Tinian

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Saipan – Sichuan Airlines is planning to bring direct flights to Tinian within the year, adding to the four weekly charter flights from Guangzhou and Shanghai that are jointly chartered by Tinian Dynasty Travel and Century Tours.

The Saipan Tribune is reporting that Tinian Mayor Ramon Dela Cruz, Commonwealth Ports Authority executive director Edward Deleon Guerrero, and Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino chair Michael Kwan met with airline officials recently where Sichuan Airlines affirmed its commitment to fly to the island.

Sichuan Airlines is planning to use a Boeing 757 for its flights to Tinian. The airline is currently using an A-330 for its weekly charter flights to Saipan.
The Tinian Legislative Delegation recently cancelled plans to install an instrument landing system at the Tinian airport, diverting the $3.5 million funds to other airport projects.

Dela Cruz said the municipality is now awaiting a formal plan from Sichuan Airlines before it moves forward with procuring airport equipment.