17 Apr 2018
- By Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
CAPE Air chief executive officer Dan Wolf said United Airlines’ decision to pull out of Rota is “sad” news.
“We are deeply saddened by this news and the impact it will have on our employees and their families, along with the impact it will have on the communities we have fallen in love with over the past 14 years,” he said in an email to Variety.
“We are incredibly proud…of the amazing operation in Micronesia, from the teams on the ground in Guam, Saipan, and Rota, to the teams assisting from headquarters over 8,000 miles away. We provided exemplary service consistent with our Cape Air values,” Wolf said.
He said the decision to pull out of Rota was made by United Airlines and not by Cape Air.
United Airlines has announced that effective June 1, 2018, it will use a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 166 seats for its mainline service between Guam and Saipan.
But the Cape Air United Express service for the Guam-Saipan-Rota will be discontinued effective May 31.
Two Rota lawmakers are requesting United Airlines to reconsider its decision which they said will have a negative impact on the island.
Sens. Teresita Santos and Paul Manglona are also hoping to meet with United Airlines executives to discuss the issue.
Asked about its flight service to Rota, Star Marianas Air president Shaun Christian said they “remain committed to providing reliable daily scheduled flights between Saipan and Tinian, Saipan and Rota, and we continue to offer passenger charters and cargo service between the CNMI and Guam. Given the planning and coordination necessary in the airline industry, we are currently evaluating the announcement made by United Airlines.”
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/103741-cape-air-saddened-by-united-airlines-decision-to-pull-out-of-rota