Asiana postpones plan to resume Guam service due to omicron variant

(Asiana Airlines)

Asiana Airlines has postponed its plan to resume a Guam service this month, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.

The Guam Visitors Bureau has been touting Asiana’s return to Guam after almost two decades.

According to Yonhap, Asiana has postponed plans to resume flights to Guam in December in response to the spread of the new omicron coronavirus variant and the travel restrictions that have resulted from this.

Asiana had been scheduled to reopen the Incheon-Guam route on Dec. 23, as rising vaccination rates in both Guam and Korea, as well as eased virus curbs, led to more travel demand.

Yonhap quotes Asiana as saying it will instead begin operating two flights a week to and from Guam starting on Jan. 30 next year.

Travelers who have already purchased Guam-bound tickets for December will not be charged cancellation fees, Yonhap reported.

Just last week, a Korean group incentive tour consisting of 500 visitors just canceled their planned tour of Guam also due to fears of the omicron variant.

“This omicron issue has really put a kind of a speed bump in the positive trends that we’ve seen the last couple of months,” GVB vice president Gerry Perez said during the Guam Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 economic forecast webinar.

“The group incentive booking for 500 just canceled a couple of days ago. We would have had 500 more visitors except for their concern for COVID and everybody’s still worried about that,” Perez said.

He said the omicron variant may be a temporary setback for Guam tourism pending further clarification on the severity of the variant and the international travel restrictions recently imposed by Guam’s source markets.