PhilMcCrackin wrote:Anyone know what's driving all of the traffic to Guam?
Right now, I see three direct 777s enroute to Guam from LAX, HNL and SFO. I know Guam has a large US military presence, but this seems like a lot of lift for a little island when the leisure market is non-existent.
As others have mentioned, GUM is simply a place to exchange crews to avoid having layovers in countries with exceptionally strict entry requirements. Currently GUM serves as a stopover point for cargo-only flights between SFO-SIN, LAX-HKG, SFO-TPE, and LAX-PVG.
NRT was originally the sole stopover point for these operations but the combination of curfew and other operational constraints caused some of the flights to be routed over GUM.