Japan-bound United flight returns to Guam 1 hour after takeoff

FLIGHT: A United Airlines flight is shown. Photo courtesy of United Airlines

United Airlines has announced that it is adding a new Guam to Saipan round trip flight on Saturday evenings starting December 7, 2019 through March 28 of 2020 in order to meet the demand during the peak winter travel season.

The new flight will leave Guam at 4:45 p.m. and arrive in Saipan at 5:26 p.m.  It is then scheduled to take off from Saipan at 6:20 p.m. and land back on Guam at 7 p.m.

United currently operates nine round trip flights a week between Guam and Saipan utilizing Boeing 737-700 or 800 jets. The additional flight raises that total to 10 weekly flights and adds another 250 seats per week between the two islands.

Saipan  - Guam Schedule (Effective Dec. 7, 2019)

Airport

Flight No.

Departure Time

Arrival Time

Frequency

Aircraft

Saipan - Guam

UA117

9:15 a.m.

9:56 a.m.

Daily

B737-700/800

UA156

6:20 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

Tues. & Thurs.

UA156 (new)

6:20 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

Saturdays

( Dec. 7)

Guam - Saipan

UA174

7:30 a.m.

8:12 a.m.

Daily

B737-700/800

UA112

4:45 p.m.

5:26 p.m.

Tues. & Thurs.

UA112 (new)

4:45 p.m.

5:26 p.m.

Saturdays

( Dec. 7)

Sam Shinohara, United’s Managing Director of Airport Operations, is quoted in a press release as saying  “we understand the importance of this lifeline between the islands.”  

“The addition of the Saturday evening service will offer residents and visitors more choices for travel,” he said adding “we will continue to monitor the market and adjust its seat capacity to meet travel demand.”