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.
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.
Domestic airplanes are parked on the tarmac of GimhaeInternationalAirport in this file photo taken Nov ...The international flight services will resume at the end of November at Gimhae International Airport first, offering two routes to Saipan and one to Guam. The flights to Saipan ...
An Asiana Airlines plane is seen through a window at Terminal 1 of IncheonInternationalAirport on July 14 ... Flights resumed but travel bubble with Saipan to be delayed until next month ... Domestic air carriers will resume flights to Saipan as scheduled, despite a recent spike in the COVID-19 infections here.
Jeju Air, South Korea's biggest budget carrier by sales, said Tuesday it has resumed flights to Saipan in a preemptive measure to absorb post-coronavirus travel demand ...Guam and Saipan currently allow exemptions from a two-week quarantine for incoming passengers who received Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines.
ChT May 11, 2020. CLOSE...Pacific Daily News ... Last week, the CNMI governor's office announced the community testing at the SaipanInternationalAirport would be paused ... One person from Guam was confirmed positive after traveling to Saipan on Saturday. More coronavirus news ... The additional case was identified through the airport surveillance process ... ....