Agency Says Ports Authority Must Begin Moving Forward On
Completing The Project
The FAA has notified the Commonwealth Ports Authority of
Saipan that it may recall funding for a runway rehabilitation
project if there is not significant progress at the airport
CPA Executive Director Edward Deleon Guerrero notified the Ports
Authority board that FAA inspectors who had recently visited Saipan
had expressed concern about the "standby" status of the project. He
said the inspectors said the agency would pull funds for a
temporary runway rehabilitation if the project does not move
forward as scheduled.
The Saipan Tribune reports that the FAA has provided $4
million for construction on a temporary airport runway. While much
of the work has been completed, it must still be certified by the
FAA before it can be used. Certification is being held up by
failure of the CPA to conduct a land survey of the new runway, and
development of a flight procedure agreement among those who would
use it. The FAA has mandated that the CPA complete those two items
ASAP to ensure continuity of the project. Deleon Guerrero said a
meeting has been set among airport stakeholders February 2nd to
work on the flight procedure agreement.
The temporary runway is needed so that the airport's main runway
can be closed for major repairs. That project is expected to cost
about $13 million.