Cape Air flight cancellations have continued into Monday from last weekend, after flights were cancelled last Friday, reportedly due to a continuing technical issue with their aircraft.
Yesterday, United Airlines provided an extra flight on a Boeing 737-800 to accommodate passengers. Cape Air and United are code-share partners, with Cape Air providing the Guam-Saipan flights of United passengers traveling to the Commonwealth.
According to flightstats.com and Cape Air, all Cape Air flights to the CNMI were cancelled.
Flights set to fly to Francisco C. Ada International Airport at 8:40am, 3:10pm, 6:55pm, and 10:40pm were cancelled, according to the website.
When asked for an update on these cancellations, Cape Air apologized to customers in a statement yesterday afternoon.
“Cape Air/United Express flights between Guam and Saipan on March 2, 2015 operating an ATR42 aircraft have been cancelled following the continued technical issue that is currently being addressed by teams from Cape Air and ATR. We will continue to provide updates on the anticipated dates and times when the aircraft will return to service. United will operate an extra flight today by using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft to accommodate the affected passengers. UA2104 is scheduled to depart Guam on Mar. 2 at 8:30pm and is expected to arrive at Saipan at 9:10pm. Then, the flight is scheduled to depart Saipan at 9:55pm and arrive at Rota at 10:33pm. This flight is scheduled to depart Rota at 11:18pm and arrive at Guam at 11:52pm.”
Our support teams in Guam, Saipan, and Rota are providing assistance to passengers to make the necessary arrangements for them to complete their travel. We realize this is an inconvenience to our customers and we apologize for the disruption.”
Swaths of flights were cancelled during the middle months of last year largely due to technical issues. United flew accommodating flights at that time as well.
Cape Air has only one aircraft operating its Guam-CNMI route, while another is used as a “100 percent spare,” according to Cape Air vice president for planning Andrew Bonney earlier. The spare is currently in the U.S. mainland for servicing.