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CPA board mulls 50% discount on airport fees

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AS part of its commitment to help promote the CNMI when it reopens to tourism next month, the Commonwealth Ports Authority board of directors is considering a 50% discount on airport fees.

Last month, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said the administration hoped to reopen the local tourism industry on July 15, adding “we’re moving in the right direction and also at the right pace” in reactivating the CNMI economy.

 Commonwealth Ports Authority Chairwoman Kimberlyn King-Hinds, right, speaks during a meeting in the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting classroom on Thursday. Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

During a meeting Thursday in the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting classroom, CPA board members discussed a proposal to offer airlines a 50% reduction of fees.

Previously, the board approved rent abatement for CPA tenants “because everybody is in the same boat” amid the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

CPA Board Chairwoman Kimberlyn King-Hinds, in a previous meeting, said the ports authority could partner with the airline industry “so we can all come out strong together economically after this Covid-19 pandemic, for the benefit of the Commonwealth.”

The board will finalize its decision on airport fees in its next meeting.

In an interview, King-Hinds said the proposed incentives “will basically give the airlines a break on landing fees, enplanement and deplanement fees and potentially other fees pursuant to Federal Aviation Administration regulations.”

These incentives, she added, will be applicable to all airline carriers.

“The consideration right now is to give the discount all the way to December of 2020 and resume the normal fees in Jan. 2021,” the CPA board chairwoman said.

 

 

 

 

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