United speeds up closure of Guam-Hong Kong service

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United Airlines is speeding up the closure of its Guam-Hong Kong service, moving up the cancellation of the flights by two weeks.

According to the South China Morning Post, United will be suspending its Guam – Hong Kong flights earlier than planned.

Last July, United announced that it will discontinue its four-times-weekly Guam-Hong Kong service effective Oct. 27, 2019.

That has since changed and according to the South China Morning Post, the schedule has been moved up, with the final flight in the Guam-Hong Kong service scheduled for Oct. 14, 2019.

In addition United is also shuttering its non-stop flights between Chicago and Hong Kong.

United said customers affected by the cancellation would be offered alternative travel plans or refunds.

Hong Kong in recent weeks has been rocked by turmoil as anti-China protests continue to escalate.

However, airline analysts say the decision to close Hong Kong flights can be attributed more to weakening demand rather than the protest actions.

Aside from United, Qantas has also announced cuts to its Hong Kong services as the Australia-based airline also sees demand weakening in the market.

United Vice President of International Network Patrick Quayle has been quoted in online reports as saying that the Guam-Hong Kong service cancellation will not reduce United’s presence or commitment to the Guam market.

“Rather, it will allow us to re-purpose aircraft in Guam to continue to build our successful franchise between Guam and secondary Japan markets,” he said.