Delta is largely eliminating its Tokyo Narita hub in favor of non-stop flights between the US and Asia and connections over Seoul via a joint venture with Korean Air.
Towards that end Delta will be eliminating service to Guam, which it flies to via Narita, with its last flight January 8.
“We understand the early morning flight will be discontinued in October 2017, and for the afternoon flight, it will be Jan. 8, 2018 for the last flight out,” Faasuamalie said.
She said Delta executives did talk to the Guam airport about its plans to suspend service to Guam.
At some level this surprises me, Delta has a meaningful customer base in Guam and even if the flights themselves are marginal they have a co-brand credit card issued by Bank of Guam.
And with Kim Jong Un threatening Guam the military importance of the territory rises.
Meanwhile this rebounds to United’s benefit carrying passengers between Guam and the US mainland due to cabotage rules since Guam is a U.S. territory. It will become the only single-airline flying option.