Expects 10% Growth for 2012November 30, 2011
By Kathleen A. Martin
While some airlines announced frequency reduction, United Airlines expects continued growth in Manila next year as it embarks further consolidation out of its merger with Continental Airlines.
The firm is “optimistic” on growth for next year, Ms. Ty said, on the back of expected increases in cargo and passenger volumes.
United Airlines is a subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, Inc., formerly UAL Corp.
UAL and Continental Airlines, Inc. completed a stock-swap deal in October 2010, and the combination of the two airlines became one of the world’s largest.
Koji Nagata, director for communications in the Asia and the Pacific, said during the same briefing the firm is banking on its large network as one of its advantages over other carriers.
“With the new United Continental, we are the world’s largest network [and that’s] one of our strengths over other airlines,” Mr. Nagata said.
“The customers have more choices by way of United Airlines then,” he added.
United Airlines has nine weekly flights on the Manila-to-Guam route.
When asked if United Airlines is looking at increasing flight frequencies on said route, Ms. Ty said the firm is reviewing it.
“We continue to evaluate that,” Ms. Ty said, pertaining to a possible increase in flight frequencies.
“Today, we’re staying with our current schedule… but we will respond to whatever the market demands,” Ms. Ty said.
She added the airline “at the moment” is not looking at cutting its frequencies on the Manila-to-Guam route.