United drops Okinawa-Guam service

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.guampdn.com/article/20121003/NEWS01/210030310

    United Airlines will end its Okinawa-Guam service on Oct. 27.

    "United Airlines confirms that it will suspend its twice-weekly Okinawa-Guam service, ... due to lower-than-expected traffic demand, as well as high operational costs driven by historically high oil prices," said Koji Nagata, Director of Corporate Communications for Asia/Pacific for United Airlines.
    The service will continue to operate normally until Oct. 27.

    United will contact customers with bookings for flights beyond that date to either offer them alternative travel plans or provide refunds, Nagata said. "We apologize for any inconvenience caused," Nagata added. "United will continue to operate its Okinawa sales office to support the airline's off-line business in the market."

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    I expect UA to reduce more of it's Guam service to Japan in the near future.
     
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    Are pax booking away from UA or does the route make no sense?
     
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    I think this route was created based off of an expectation of sustained increased traffic (US military transferring operations from Okinawa to Guam). Guessing the sort of traffic they were hoping for has not materialized.
     
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    So long as this doesn't affect my island hopper routing, I'm okay with it, but being on three different PNRs isn't helping.
     
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    They wouldn't reduce the Island Hopper since it is subsidized by the federal government.
     
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    Yes, but I'm coming to it via NRT-GUM, and I'm getting to NRT from PEK. I hope.
     
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    They wouldn't cut NRT/GUM altogether but they might reduce the frequencies or the equipment type.
     
  9. joejones
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    Why? NRT-GUM is a very popular tourist route, and GUM is one of the closest and cheapest options for Japanese and other Asian people who want to go on a tropical vacation...
     
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    GUM-NRT is a massive market. I doubt it will be cut at all.

    As for GUM-OKA, not surprised to see it go. CO has been in and out of that market for years. OKA is a tourist destination and does not generate the kind of traffic to GUM that other Japanese cities do for UA. UA probably has better use for the airplane on additional service to larger Japanese markets, on charters to China, or to increase frequency to places like ROR/MNL/HKG.
     
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    I'd like to see UA resume service to NAN from GUM seasonally and at some point CO Mike flew to DPS as well.
     
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    I'd imagine that there were two motivations behind having a GUM-OKA route -- US military traffic (likely), and feeding ANA's cargo hub at OKA (possibly). It almost certainly couldn't have been aimed at tourist traffic.
     

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