Delayed flights strand passengers in Guam


Cap Air/United Express has delayed flights for the traveling public over the last week, leaving students and adults alike stranded in Guam for several days.

Cape Air’s PR office was asked about these reports on Tuesday but it has yet to provide comment as of press time yesterday.

Grace Christian Academy principal Beth Nunez said their Scripps Howard Spelling Bee champion, Justine Calayo, just arrived yesterday, after leaving Saipan with her mom for the Guam competition last Friday.

“She got back [yesterday]. So happy for her,” she said.

Two staff members and a student from GCA on Tinian are still stuck in Guam as of yesterday, it was also learned, after leaving Saipan on Friday—effectively preventing some classes to be held at the small school.

Visiting World War II veterans arriving on island Tuesday were supposed to arrive as early as late last week, it was also learned. In total, four traveling tours of veterans and their families who were supposed to arrive late last week experienced delayed flights.

According to posts on social media, local MMA fighters and their families visiting or competing in Guam for last Friday’s Pacific Xtreme Combat event experienced delayed flights as well.

Vince “The Clinch” Masga, who won his fight in Guam, had his flight cancelled and was still in Guam as of yesterday morning, according to these posts.

And according to Do Re Mi school founder Ao Zhang, four students who were scheduled to leave late last week for the Tumon Bay Music Festival competition had their flights delayed then later outright cancelled.

According to him, their parents, pressured by time constraints, flew these kids to Korea, and then to Guam—for a sleepless 14 hours of standby and travel—and arrived in Guam the morning of the competition.

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
Dennis Chan covers education, environment, utilities, and air and seaport issues in the CNMI. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Guam. Contact him at

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