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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, ) - Continental Micronesia is debuting a new air service between the Territory of Guam and Rota in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas today.

The airline will use a Cessna aircraft in partnership with Cape Air, three times a day.

A spokesman for Continental Micronesia, Wally Dyer, says he hopes the new service will improve tourism to the region.

He says one of the main attractions on Rota is a world-class golf resort.

"As the region bounces back from all the bad news over the past two or three years, Rota is kind of a little bit of a different destination, say, from Guam or Saipan. It also has offerings the other two islands don’t have, so its a way we can create some differences in our product that we sell to our customers around the area and I think with the rebound in tourism, its the perfect time to do so."

He said flights to Rota will cost US$140 round trip from Guam.

July 1, 2004

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