United Airlines celebrates 50 years on Guam

Published on : Saturday, January 5, 2019

Celebrating half a century, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz was on Guam over the weekend.

 

In a wide ranging interview, the head of the country’s third largest airline has mentioned that they have no plans to compete with Korean low cost carriers, and he also cautioned local leaders about imposing new fees and taxes on the local tourism industry.

 

Speaking with local reporters during his first trip here as CEO, Munoz asserted United is committed to Guam and its 1,000 employees here.

 

He then went on to add that while many others have come and gone, the carrier that merged eight years ago with Continental airlines is here to stay.

 

Korea has surpassed Japan as Guam’s top market, driven by the rise of Low Cost Carrier service. Munoz says it would be challenging for a company of United’s scale to compete with the LCC’s.

 

Munoz says United will continue to manage the ebb and flow of passenger demand. And he predicted that Guam’s traditional top market will be back.

 

He said that local leaders should be careful about increasing the costs of a destination.

 

Munoz held a town hall meeting with employees, and is taking the “island hopper” flight through Micronesia to celebrate its golden anniversary.

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