Continental adds Morning service to Guam

Starts flight on March 27

March 14, 2010

Manila - Continental Micronesia (CMI) will increase its flight frequencies between Guam and Manila by adding a morning flight on March 27, 2010.

David Kendell, the airline’s director for sales and marketing for Asia and Micronesia, said the new service is justified due to increasing market demand for morning flights to Manila

“We saw an increase in demand, so we acted on it.” says Kindell.

Passenger traffic between Guam and Manila has been increasing by the numbers, mainly fueled by contract workers hired to construct the biggest relocation site of the US military base in Okinawa to Guam.

There are more that 10,000 US military personnel assigned in Okinawa and they are expected to relocate together with their families in Guam starting 2011.

The additional Saturday morning flight will depart Guam A.B. Won Pat International Airport at 8:10 a.m. and arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila at 9:45 am (Manila time) using the 155-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

According to Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB), Filipino travelers to Guam reached 10,624 in 2009, up 5.6 percent from 10,063 compared to the same period reported in 2008.
GVB is targeting Filipino arrivals on Guam to hit 13,000 this year due to the military construction build-up.

Continental Micronesia operates nine 737-800 aircraft to nine cities in Japan, the Philippines, Cairns in Australia, Fiji, Saipan, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshal Islands, Palau with mainline connections to the US.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) also operates five times a week schedule direct from Manila to Guam.

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