Following a protest over additional flights to Guam by Philippine Airlines, Chicago-based United has now filed another protest over its Philippine-based counterpart over its recently announced plans to launch new flights to Seattle.
According to a report by travel blog The Points Guy, United has made a new filing to the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) as it seeks for the US DOT to defer the approval of Philippine Airlines' planned Manila-Seattle scheduled to begin in May.
“It is in the public interest to grant [Philippine Airlines’] application for additional authority to expand service only when United is able to expand service as well,” United said
United has also requested for the US DOT to hold off the approval until it can secure the slots and infrastructure to launch its own plans for additional flights between Guam and Manila. According to United, its plans has been blocked by Manila Airport.
At present, United currently operates 9 weekly flights to Manila from Guam (including 2 weekly via Koror, Palau) compared to Philippine Airlines' regular non-stop flights to five destinations. From Manila, Philippine Airlines operates flights to Guam, Honolulu, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. In addition to the flights departing from Manila, the airline is also relaunching its Cebu-Los Angeles flights this May.
In November, United filed a separate protest regarding Philippine Airlines' plans to add extra flights to Guam starting in March. However, the planned flights have now been removed from the Philippine Airlines' timetable for March and the summer.