With the pandemic waning and Japan on the verge of re-opening, United Airlines is adding flights from its Guam hub, including the resumption of suspended services to three cities and increased frequencies on its Tokyo route.
United Airlines Adding Flights To Japan From Guam Hub
With travel demand strong in both directions and Japan expected to re-open to U.S. tourists in the weeks ahead, United Airlines is restoring service to Japan from its Pacific hub at Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport in Guam (GUM):
- Osaka (KIX) – resumed July 1, 2022
- Nagoya (NGO) – resuming August 1, 2022
- Tokyo (NRT) – additional frequencies resume on August 1, 2022
- up to one extra flight per day
- Fukuoka (FUK) – resuming August 4, 2022
Overall, United will operate 17 weekly flights to Japan in July and 28 in August. These services will utilize a Boeing 737-800 specially configured for United’s Micronesia division.
Just this week, United Airlines announced that its popular early check-in service at GUM is returning after a hiatus of more than two years, which will allow passengers to check in the and drop their bags off the evening before their early morning flights.
Justin Marion, United’s General Manager of Airport Operations in Guam, explained:
“We are pleased to announce that United’s Early Check-in service has reopened after two years. Many of our flights depart early in the morning, and customers who opt to check in early will be able to have more time in the morning, skip the lines, and head straight to the security checkpoint.”
United Airlines continues to service Manila (MNL), Palau (ROR), Yap (YAP), and Saipan (SPN) from Guam. Hong Kong (HKG) service continues as well, but is currently cargo-only.
New Saipan – Tokyo Service On United Airlines
In a related move, the Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has announced that United Airlines will begin new service between Saipan (SPN) and Tokyo Narita (NRT) starting in September. The new route will be subsidized under the government’s Tourism Resumption Investment Plan and operate three times weekly.
But recovery is still elusive: the “island hopper” between Honolulu (HNL) and Guam remains off-limits to non-residents and Japan has delayed its reopening several times. In reality, the resumption of these flights may be premature, even as pent-up demand exists in both the U.S. and Japan.
Finally, there is no update on when United’s club lounge will reopen at GUM. It has been closed since the pandemic and is undergoing an extensive remodel.
United Airlines is increasing service to Japan starting this month with the re-introduction of Osaka service and adding two more routes in August. With a stronger schedule, Guam is looking more like a hub once again.