Saipan,Tinian airports open for limited daylight operations

THE Commonwealth Ports Authority said the Saipan and Tinian airports are open for limited daylight operations, and flights remain limited to aircraft bringing humanitarian aid, flights transporting stranded tourists or carrying returning residents.

CPA Executive Director Chris Tenorio said the terminals were damaged by Typhoon Yutu, and the debris cleanup at the airports is still going on.

He said the cleanup at Saipan airport is about 25 percent complete while the Tinian airport cleanup is 20 percent complete.

Restoring the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport is also in the works and the airport’s main water tank now has power, he added.

“The air traffic control tower now has communication capability with the aircraft for ground control. The parking lot has been cleared of both debris and vehicles flipped by Typhoon Yutu’s strong winds,” CPA said in a statement.

“The Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport and the Tinian International Airport are not at 100 percent capability. The generator continues to power only portions of the facility. Operational equipment remains damaged and passenger and baggage clearance will continue to be manually screened. Navigational aids on the airports runway remain damaged and the Federal Aviation Administration is continuing their assessment. Power restoration is still ongoing at the Tinian International Airport,” CPA said.

It added that status of the many structures at Saipan and Tinian airports remain unchanged due to the unavailability of heavy equipment.

These structures include the canopy that connects the main terminal of the Saipan airport to the commuter terminal.

On Tinian, it is the fence which is approximately 30 percent damaged due to fallen ironwood trees.

CPA said once heavy equipment is available, it will address  damaged structures.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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