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CPA official: Suspension of international flights necessary to keep NMI Covid-19-free

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AS of Thursday, there were only two flights scheduled to arrive this week at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport — United Airlines’ Guam-Saipan morning flights for Thursday and Sunday, Commonwealth Ports Authority Chairwoman Kimberlyn King-Hinds said.

Skymark Airlines has temporarily suspended its Saipan-Narita, Narita-Saipan flight service starting Thursday and until May 10, 2020.

King-Hinds said international flight restrictions are necessary to help address Covid-19 concerns.

“But this is a highly fluid situation, which means that there may be changes depending on the circumstances,” she added.

“Everyone is on high alert and we are grateful that our airline partners have been extremely cooperative and sensitive to the CNMI’s concerns and ongoing Covid-19 response efforts.”

King-Hinds said CPA “is hopeful that these measures will allow the CNMI government to properly assess and implement additional measures as necessary to respond to and or minimize Covid-19 spread should we need to.”

“As the governor has stated,” she added, “there is no perfect system, but we are all striving to address the gaps in the current system to improve as we learn and continue to collaborate with all agencies including our airline partners with the goal of keeping the CNMI Covid-19 free.”

Right now, she noted, no one can say how long this situation will continue, but community members are asked to do their part by staying home.

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