After initially announcing plans to expand its services to Guam this summer, Philippine Airlines has now backtracked on those plans.
According Philippine Airlines' international flight timetable, the additional twice-weekly flights that was planned (PR2110/PR2111) to start March 5, 2020 has been removed. Travelers will not be able to see or book these flights on the airline's website which were scheduled to depart Manila on Thursdays and Saturdays.
The planned flights would have been an addition to the daily flights (PR111/PR110) on the route, raising the airline's weekly flights on the route from 7 to 9 weekly.
However, the additional flight plans met a protest from United Airlines. In a filing to the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) in November 2019, United pointed out it has not been able to expand its presence on flights between the Philippines and the US citing issues over slots and infrastructure needed for expansion while Philippine Airlines has been able to launch new routes to the US.
Among the new routes launched by Philippine Airlines between the US and the Philippines include its non-stop flights from Manila to New York. It will resume its non-stop Cebu-Los Angeles flights this summer, and launch flights to Seattle on May 3. With the addition of Seattle to its network, Philippine Airlines will have a stronger presence on the US-Philippine travel market with flights to six US destinations: Guam, Honolulu, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.
Covering a distance of just over 2500 kilometers (1553 miles), the Guam-Manila route is served by a total of 16 weekly flights operated by both United and Philippine Airlines. United takes a majority of flights with a daily non-stop service along with twice-weekly flights that makes a stop at Koror, Palau. The flights between Guam-Manila are the only direct air links between the Philippines and the United States operated by a US-flagged carrier.