SPN was a sugarcane field before the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJNAS) constructed a temporary landing field on the site in 1933. The landing field was used for training purposes and had two runways configured in an "L" pattern. In 1937, the Navy began upgrading the airfield for full military use, despite an international law ban on constructing military facilities within the South Pacific Mandate. Following the attack against the United States in 1941, the field was named Aslito Field (アスリート飛行場), based on the indigenous Chamoru name for the area of its location, As Lito.
The Commonwealth's center of government is located in the village of Capitol Hill on the island. As the entire island is organized as a single municipality, most publications term Saipan as the Commonwealth's capital.
The current Mayor of Saipan is David M. Apatang, who was sworn into office on June 12, 2015.
Saipan is the second largest island in the Mariana Islands archipelago, after Guam. It is located about 120mi (190km) north of Guam and 5 nautical miles (9.3km) northeast of Tinian, from which it is separated by the Saipan Channel. Saipan is about 12mi (19km) long and 5.6mi (9.0km) wide, with a land area of 115.38km2 (44.55sqmi).
The western side of the island is lined with sandy beaches and an offshore coral reef which creates a large lagoon. The eastern shore is composed primarily of rugged rocky cliffs and a reef.
CNMI - Saipan flights to be suspended ... says it will suspend flights to Saipan in November ... One of the fee hikes is expected to cost airlines about $3,000 more to land at Saipan InternationalAirport, after the Authority recently green-lighted a 90 percent increase in landing fees.
SAIPAN – Seventy-nine years ago, on July 9, 1944, the American military secured the island of Saipan—a key component of Imperial Japan’s defense plan ... Saipan and the neighboring island of Tinian were soon among the busiest airports in the world, as waves of B-29s took off to bomb Japan – which was now in range – and markedly fewer B-29s returned.
Won Pat GuamInternationalAirport at 11.48 a.m ... Won Pat Guam International Airport Saturday morning, bringing supplies and workers to help with Typhoon Mawar recovery. While commercial flights are not expected to resume until Tuesday, the airport is open for humanitarian and essential cargo operations ... The airport is working with U.S.
The K-pop stars, which comprised Artist Korea, Ambition, MegaMax, Witches, Dustin, and MustB, were due to perform at the 2022 SaipanTourism Fanival, which was intended to strengthen the friendship between Saipan and Seoul ... However, the performers were not allowed to leave the airport as they only had tourist visas when they needed artist visas ... ....
Roy Keane at DublinAirport prior to the team's departure to their training camp in Saipan... Roy Keane at Dublin Airport prior to the team's departure to their training camp in Saipan ... Roy Keane departs from Saipan International Airport on May 24, 2002 ... Roy Keane departs from Saipan International Airport on May 24, 2002.
Samoa economic boost; worrying rise in illnesses in FSM; and Marianas airports to be upgraded Samoa economy forecast to bounce back ...Airport boost for Marianas ... Ada SaipanInternational Airport will receive almost $4 million ... This is the first of five annual rounds of funding for airports in the Commonwealth.