Regular flights between Naha and Guam recommence

Regular flights between Naha and Guam recommence

On September 28, people at Naha International Air Terminal building welcome passengers on the first United Airlines flight from Guam.

September 30, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The first flight operated by United Airlines from Guam Airport arrived at Naha Airport at 9:00pm on September 28.
At the Naha International Air Terminal building, the Okinawa Prefecture and the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau held a welcoming ceremony fronted by Okinawa Vice Governor Yoshiyuki Uehara for about 50 passengers on the occasion of the recommencement of regular flights between Naha Airport and Guam Airport. Regular flights between these two locations recommence after a gap of 12 years and this is now the sixth regular flight between Okinawa and foreign destinations.

The airline Continental Micronesia used to provide regular flights between Naha and Guam, but it stopped the service from 1999 due to a decrease in demand. The company was subsequently merged into United Air Lines which decided to resume the service, because it expects there to be an increase in demand for flights from Okinawa and because it forecasts that it is entering a period of stable management.
United Airlines now operates four flights a week between Naha and Guam.

Second-generation Japanese-American 80 year-old Sally Matsumoto, who now resides in Hawaii, said, “I flew here to Okinawa to see my relatives and I think many other people will use these flights to Okinawa from now on.”

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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