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  • By Pacific island Times News Staff

Tourists remain stranded on Saipan

Saipan — The CNMI government is working commercial airlines to get flights for about 3,200 visitors, who were stranded on Saipan as a result of Super Typhoon Yutu that barreled through the Marianas in the early morning of Oct. 24.

“Today, 150 tourists were on outbound flights to their countries of origin,” a press release from the Joint Region Marianas said. “The CNMI government estimates that all remaining tourists whose return trips were impacted by Super Typhoon Yutu will be on outbound flights on Sunday and Monday.”

It was not know as of press time where the stranded tourists are staying while awaiting available flights.

JRM said because of limited equipment, resources, capacity and damages, the Saipan International Airport will be operating during daylight hours only.

As a reminder, there will be no in-bound passengers unless they are returning residents or relief effort personnel.

United Airlines has suspended all flights between Guam and Saipan.

As of 1 p.m., Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port reopened the Seaport back to Condition Whiskey. Movement in and out of the port is now allowed, JRM said.

U.S. Coast Guard members from Marine Safety Det. Saipan and Sector Guam conducted post-storm assessments following the devastation of Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 25.

Photos courtesy of Joint Region Marianas

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