Canceled flights rise to 325; thermal scanners and nurses deployed to airport this week

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Airport Executive Director Tom Ada said the number of canceled flights to Guam in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak has now climbed to 325.

The number of canceled flights to Guam in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak has now climbed to 325, according to Airport Executive Director Tom Ada.

If all the seats had been filled, it adds up to a loss of 56,000 passengers. And that translates into a $5.6 million dollar loss for the airport, said Ada.

As a result, he said the airport has implemented a 15 percent cut in the operations and maintenance budget.

And on top of that, the airlines are now asking for a discount on the roughly $6,000 landing fee. And that’s under consideration, said Ada.

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“If we can reduce the operating fees to whatever we can afford to keep the airlines flying into Guam, then it’s certainly in the interest of the airport because we can then continue to then planes to land. And it will be beneficial to the community because we are then able to bring in tourists,” Ada said.

The Guam Power Authority has loaned four thermal scanners to the airport and public health has assigned 10 nurses to the airport to operate the scanners which will be set up in the immigration clearance area of the airport. The nurses will operate them.

Ada said he hopes to have those thermal scanners up and running by Wednesday of this week.

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