In response to a “sharp decline in traffic United Airlines will be reducing its number of flights between Guam and Japan beginning on October 30th but United’s corporate communications department says the reduction is temporary.
United issued the following statement to PNC: “Guam remains an important hub for United, and we continuously monitor the demand for travel throughout the region as we do for all routes globally. We are temporarily adjusting the capacity between Guam and Japan until the end of March 2018 in response to the sharp decline in traffic. As Guam’s hometown airline for nearly 50 years, we remain committed to the market and our employees in the region. The United team will continue to work with local leaders, Guam Visitors Bureau and stakeholders to do its part in supporting the local economy.” Beginning on Oct. 30th United will reduce capacity between Guam and Japan. Beginning on January 15th, United will end flights between Guam and Sapporo, Japan. They have determined this route is “no longer economically sustainable.”
Other routes outside of Japan will be affected as well. Beginning January 7th, they will cancel their four-times weekly morning flights between Guam and Manila but will continue to offer daily evening flights on this route. On January 7th flights between Palau and Yap will be suspended but flights between Guam and Yap and Guam and Palau will continue. They will be contacting all customers with reservations of affected flights on all these routes to offer alternate flight options or provide refunds.
Despite decreases in some routes there will be increases in other areas. United will increase its island hopper service from three to four-times weekly beginning on January 21st. These flights run between Guam and Honolulu, Hawaii via Chuuk, Pohnpei and Majuro.