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United: Guam flight reductions due to sharp travel decline

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — United Airlines continues to downsize its Guam service as passenger demand continues to fall.

United said service between Guam and Shanghai, China, will end on March 22. On April 2, regular flights to Sendai, Japan, from Guam will also be discontinued, although a few “select flights on the Sendai route” will be available through May 6.

The airlines stated the cancellations are “due to a sharp decline in customer demand between Guam” and other points in Asia.

As a result, it is “no longer economically sustainable to operate” regular service to either destination. Referring to North Korea’s recent threats against Guam, United stated, “Both routes have been facing difficulties, even before recent geopolitical issues.”

The airline called the decision “difficult,” saying it was reached only after “careful analysis.”

United stated that customers with reservations for travel to those destinations beyond the effective cancellation dates are being offered alternate flights, or provided refunds.

In addition to the cancellation of the Shanghai and Sendai routes, effective March 27, flights from Guam to Osaka and Guam to Nagoya will be reduced to once a day, from twice daily now.

United has also announced that it will operate 737-800 aircraft on all three daily flights between Guam and Tokyo/Narita, effective early May. Currently, two of those flights are operated with Boeing 777-200 aircraft.

United will continue to fly Boeing 777s on the Guam-to-Honolulu route.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/101886-united-guam-flight-reductions-due-to-sharp-travel-decline

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