Saipan – The owner of at least six hotels in Guam and the CNMI will be launching next year a new airline they hope will become a CNMI carrier, with initial flights to and from Saipan, Guam, and major cities in China and Japan, officials said.
The Saipan Tribune reports that the planned carrier, dubbed Air Papaya and home-based on Saipan, is owned by JMSC LLC and is expected to bring over 260,000 passengers to the tourism-based CNMI economy.
JMSH owns Alupang Beach Tower, Tumon Horizon Condominiums, Mai’ana Airport Plaza Hotel, Holiday Resort Guam, and the Garden Villa in Guam, as well as Rota Resort and Country Club on Rota. In September, JMSH LLC unveiled a planned $170-million casino and hotel on Rota.
Company officials said Air Papaya’s aircraft is being painted right now and the airline will eventually have three Airbus 300 series, which can carry 179 passengers each.