New Pacific Flier Airline Gives Neighboring Island Residents, Visitors a Low-Cost Option to Guam

As the inaugural Pacific Flier flight pulled into A.B. Won Pat International Airport in Guam on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, local firemen greeted the craft with a traditional water salute.
From left, Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) Marketing Officer Regina Nedlic, first from left, GVB Deputy General Manager Ernie A. Galito, third from left, and A.B. Won Pat International Airport Acting Executive Manager Mary Torres, far right, greeted Pacific Flier Group General Manager Shane Styles, fifth from left, as he arrived on Guam with family members.

The arrival of the new Pacific Flier airline at A.B. Won Pat International Airport will give residents and visitors of Palau, the Philippines, and Australia’s Gold Coast another low-cost option to come to Guam, according to Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB).

From January to May 2010, 1,988 visitors total have arrived on Guam from the three destinations. With easier access and a low-cost airline option for potential travelers, GVB expects that number to increase.

“It’s always a good sign to see more carriers at the airport,” said GVB Acting General Manager Ernie A. Galito. “We anticipate the increased seat capacity for those visitors from Palau, the Philippines, and Australia, as well as the low cost, will help give more travelers a chance and desire to experience Guam.”

Currently, round-trip tickets on Palau-based Pacific Flier range from $199 to $899, depending on the destination and booking date. The airline will be utilizing one Airbus aircraft for flights.

The inaugural flight arrived at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, June 29, at A.B. Won International Airport. Media and other guests were present to welcome Pacific Flier Group General Manager Shane Styles, who arrived on Guam with consultant Barry Parker, creative director of Australia-based Creative iD, and members of his family.

The airport also hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, June 30, at 10 a.m. to celebrate the opening of the Pacific Flier ticket counter.

Source = Guam Visitors Bureau
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