SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Jan. 7) - The CNMI Senate will ask Pacific Islands Aviation to increase its flights between Guam and Rota in light of the devastation caused on the two islands by Supertyphoon Pongsona.

Senate Floor Leader Joaquin G. Adriano, D-Tinian, said the operations of Freedom Air have been hampered because one of its planes "was totally damaged on Guam" at the height of the supertyphoon last month.

"We are sending a letter to the president of PIA to also increase their flights over to Tinian at least two times a day," said Adriano.

The additional flights should be scheduled in the morning and evening, he said.

"We need to increase the flights to accommodate these people working on Saipan and working on Guam to help out on their transportation," Adriano said.

A resolution by the Tinian legislative delegation has been prepared for the purpose.

It noted that PIA "is the only airline presently providing air transportation service linking the Marianas" and is "capable of essential air transportation...."

The resolution was introduced by Adriano, Sen. David M. Cing, D-Tinian, Senate Vice President Jose M. Dela Cruz, D-Tinian, and Rep. Norman S. Palacios, D-Tinian.

It will be adopted in the next scheduled Senate session, lawmakers said.

The resolution noted that Guam and Rota "suffered extensive damage as a result of Supertyphoon Pongsona."

It stated that the two islands "would greatly benefit from assistance of donated goods" provided they can be transported in a timely manner.

January 7, 2003

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