HK Express and Delta cancel Japan routes; GVB remains committed to Japan

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Although there is a slight decline in Japan arrivals already, GVB says overall arrivals are good, mostly because of increases in the Korean market.

Guam – Two different airlines on Guam are cancelling flights to Japan. Delta airlines has announced that it will discontinue flights from Guam to Norita, Japan and HK express will be delaying its planned Guam / Nagoya, Japan route until at least next summer.

“While GVB is disappointed in the announcements made today not only by Delta but also Hong Kong express to delay their Nagoya flights, GVB still remains committed to the Japan market,” said GVB Vice-President Tony Muna.

Delta Airlines will stop it’s Guam flights in January. Delta Airlines corporate communications released a statement saying, “Delta has decided to discontinue service between Narita and Guam by Jan 2018 as the demand has not been strong enough to sustain the route. The last operating date for Guam-Narita will be on Jan 8, 2018. Delta plans on providing impacted customers the option to travel on other airlines. Delta will continue to operate daily service from Narita to Saipan and twice-weekly service to Palau.”

Hong Kong express has delayed its plans to offer flights between Guam and Nagoya, Japan. “It looks like they are going to be moving that to summer of 2018 so we look forward to working with them in partnership to launch that service in the summer,” said Muna. The GVB Vice-President says HK Express made this decision because of tensions surrounding North Korea. The recent threats from North Korea have already resulted in over 7,000 cancellations from Japan mostly from school related tours.

Although there is a slight decline in Japan arrivals already, Muna says overall arrivals are good, mostly because of increases in the Korean market. “Currently, right now for the fiscal year while Japan is down 9 percent, total overall arrivals through September 14th is actually up 4.3 percent,” said Muna.

Muna says GVB has a strategic three-pronged approach to increasing visitor arrivals. Its comprised of incentive programs to entice airlines to increase charter flights or regular air service to Guam, incentives for travel agents to fill the seats and direct marketing to the consumer.

“We’re gonna work with our partners our trade partners and also with our government officials the Governor and Lt. Governor and the legislature to put our best foot forward,” said Muna. The GVB Vice-President says he believes there is still an opportunity for Delta to resume services on Guam.

GVB is still assessing the impacts this will all have on tourism and the economy. Delta currently operates daily flights between Guam and Norita, Japan. According to GIAA Spokeswoman Rolenda Faasuamalie Delta also cancelled plans on adding night flights between Guam and Norita.