By Pacific Island Times News Staff
As the Japanese government prepares to relax border controls and finalize arrangements to resume accepting foreign tourists, the airline industry gets ready to meet the pent-up demand for travel between Guam and Japan.
United Airlines today announced the reintroduction of its Osaka-Guam service beginning July 1, while Japan Airlines unveiled plans to resume Guam flights in August and September.
United's three-times-weekly flight is scheduled for Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flight UA151 will leave Guam (GUM) at 7:20 a.m. and arrive in Osaka (KIX) at 10:10 a.m. The return flight (UA150) departs Osaka at 11:05 a.m. and arrives in Guam at 3:55 p.m.
“We have consistently served the Tokyo market, and we are very excited to reintroduce our Osaka flights," said Sam Shinohara, managing director of airport operations for Asia Pacific. "Osaka is the second largest outbound market in Japan for Guam, and we have been working hard to reinstate service to more cities in Japan. We will offer three flights a week to Osaka to start and will increase frequency as demand recovers.”
Effective July 1, the flight schedule between Osaka and Guam will be as follows:
“Adding the Osaka-Guam service provides our customers in Japan with better access to Guam. We are proud to be the only airline providing flight services between Japan and Guam,” Shinohara added.
United also announced the addition of three weekly flights between Tokyo/Narita and Guam that will become effective on July 1, bringing the schedule to 14 weekly flights between the two cities.
United will offer six weekly morning flights, daily afternoon flights, and a Sunday evening flight to provide more travel choices and connectivity for its customers.
United said it has been gradually adding back service since earlier in May when it announced the addition of two weekly flights -- a Saturday morning flight and a Sunday evening flight between Tokyo/Narita and Guam to its daily service.
On June 3, United will operate two more morning flights per week bringing the total number of flights to 11-times weekly. Effective July 1, with the addition of the three new flights, United will fly between the two cities 14-times weekly.
Effective July 1, the flight schedule between Narita/Tokyo and Guam will be as follows:
In a separate announcement, Japan Airlines said it will operate the Narita-Guam route from August to September.
The airline also announced promotional offers such as limited-time fares and tour products.
"This will be the first time in two years and three months that JAL's Kona, Guam route will be operated since the decision was made to suspend the service due to the Covid-19 infection," JAL said.
Japan was the main source market for Guam until the Covid-19 pandemic caused world travel to pause.