Know Your Airport
Know Your Airport
We get it. Most people don't spend much time thinking about their local airport until they're checking bags for a flight. But in Guam's case, the A. B. Won Pat International Airport is so much more than just another transportation hub. It's rich with history, serves as a major local employer, and is a vital economic driver for all of Guam. It's also recognized as one of the very best airports in Asia-Pacific. So take a moment to learn why you should be proud of YOUR airport!
For 42 years, Guam International Airport has played a pivotal role in helping to grow and strengthen our local economy through more jobs and opportunity. And not just with jobs at the Airport itself (although about 3,455 Guam residents are employed on-site or through nearby support businesses as everything from engineers, police officers and maintenance crew, to customs agents, tenant shop and restaurant staff, and HR professionals). Guam International Airport also provides the infrastructure that speedily connects our island's businesses to time-sensitive suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, tourists, and market places. Without your Airport, everything and everyone would have to arrive here by ship, significantly slowing growth and adding substantial cost to virtually everything we do and buy. In other words, the many services provided by your Airport lead to big benefits for all of Guam across all industries - from hotels and restaurants to retail, finance, and manufacturing. Here's a snapshot of just some of the Airport’s economic benefits:
- Overall, the local expenditures of on-Airport businesses alone totaled roughly $343 million in 2014.*
- In 2014 alone, the total economic contribution of the Airport - direct, indirect, and induced - was estimated to be roughly $2.3 billion in economic activity and $787 million in payroll.
- Guam International Airport ongoing annual economic contribution to the local economy is expected to increase to $4.3 billion in 2023. For the period from 2006 through 2023, the projected cumulative economic contribution of the Airport on the economy of Guam totals $54.7 billion!
All this contributes to Guam's tax base, which fund the schools, roads, and infrastructure that keep Guam moving UP!
* The most recent economic impact data available
Capital Investment Projects
Guam International Airport isn't happy to rest on its laurels. We are continually looking for ways to take your Airport experience to great new heights! That's why we've launched Vision HULO', our ambitious 5-year development plan. With over $167 million in new capital improvement projects, including a state-of-the-art International Arrivals Corridor, Vision HULO' will help make your airport visits smoother and more comfortable, while bringing in even more jobs, investment, and opportunity.
The International Arrivals Corridor, slated for completion in 2018, brings a sleek and modern 3rd floor for arriving passengers, thereby reducing congestion while increasing Airport security. Other capital improvement projects include:
- Holding Bag Screening Relocation: This improvement relocates bulky baggage screening to the back of the ticket counters, freeing up space in the ticket counter lobby
- Common Use Check-In Facilities: Allows all airlines to use any ticket counter for check-in process, improving efficiency and passenger convenience
- Flight Information Display: Updates flight information display monitors throughout the terminal
- Parking Expansion: A single-level parking deck will be added to the Terminal Parking area to expand parking capacity and improve passenger service
- Inter-Island Passenger Facility: Construction of a separate facility for a commuter terminal/domestic inter-island operations center for passenger convenience
- Replace Terminal Seating: New and improved passenger seating systems throughout the Terminal
Safety & Security
In 2017 alone, over 3.7 million people passed through A.B. Won Pat International Airport on over 60,400 flights en route from 19 originating points from key Asian cities, Micronesia, and Honolulu. It's our responsibility to ensure that planes and passengers arrive and depart safely from your Airport, and do not threaten the safety and security of Guam. That's why we're proud to state that for two years in a row (2016 and 2017) Guam International Airport earned a 100% perfect score for meeting and exceeding FAA standards for safety and best practices over three full days of rigorous inspections and tests. Guam International Airport is the first and only airport in the Pacific region to achieve this high honor!
Also in 2017, the FAA awarded your Airport $5.25 million for a new Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) building, and for design / rehabilitation work on terminals and runways. We also added two new ARFF vehicles, modernizing our fleet of seven ARFF units protecting the Airport and runways.
Furthermore, two of our Airport's K-9 Teams were recently selected by TSA to contribute to security for Super Bowl 51 in Houston. An invitation to perform at this high-profile security assignment is testament to the high-level skills and capabilities of our K-9 explosive detection units.
Feel proud, Guam! Your Airport is working hard to keep you safe.
2018 marks the 42nd anniversary of the Guam International Airport. What an adventure it's been! We could not have reached such great heights without you - the people of Guam, who have always shown such incredible trust and support in the Airport staff and directors. These last 42 years of service have been for YOU, and we look forward to continuing to earn your trust and support by providing each of our passengers with a safe, secure, and comfortable travel experience, while helping to grow our local economy through jobs, investments, and opportunity.
GIAA thanks YOU for making your Airport the best in the region. Because A.B. Won Pat Airport is how Guam comes home, and where Guam's future arrives!
- Civil aviation began in 1935 with the famous Pan Am China Clipper, stopping on Guam en route to its Far East destinations. Operations were disrupted by World War II, and resumed in 1946, with Airport operations delegated to the United States Navy. The Guam airport facility and runways were then known as the Naval Air Station (NAS) Brewer Field.
- P.L. 13-57 created the Guam Airport Authority in September 1975. The Guam International Airport Authority was strictly the terminal facility operator while the U.S. Navy operated the runways and conducted airway operations for all aircraft operators.
- Guam Airport Authority (GAA) took over operations of the air terminal from the Department of Commerce in January 1976.
- In 1974, the Authority was granted joint use of the airfield under a Joint Use Agreement (J.U.A.) with the U.S. Navy.
- In April 1995, the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Act of 1993 slated the NAS Brewer Field for closure. Upon base closure, all runways became the operating responsibility of the Authority. Furthermore, the Authority was certified as the licensed civil aviation airport operator for Guam.
- In 1982, the Authority opened the new $43M Guam International Air Terminal (now the Commuter Terminal). At the time, the terminal was referred to as a white elephant, based on the popular belief that the facility was so huge that it would never be fully utilized.
- In January 1989, the Guam International Air Terminal was officially named the A. B. Won Pat Guam International Air Terminal to honor the Guam Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives for his visionary efforts and exemplary representation for the island of Guam.
- In 1998, the Authority successfully completed the $241 million expansion project of the present airport facilities. The size increased from the original 225,783 sq. ft. to the current square footage of 767,553, boasting state of the art baggage systems, security systems, 17 additional gates, moving walkways along with expansive and, luxurious retail and food and beverage concession areas.
- On September 29, 2001, the U.S. Navy officially transferred title of Tiyan properties consisting of approximately 1,410 acres to the Guam International Airport. This area includes active airport operation areas, runways, hangars, ground support and warehouse facilities. Over a period of 5 years, the Airport had successfully transcend numerous restrictions and requirements posed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. Navy and complex legal and federal provisions, gaining approval of the use of the land and ultimately seeing through the final phase of the Public Benefit Transfer - gaining title to Tiyan properties. Processing of the Public Benefit Transfer application with the U.S. Navy was a consolidated effort by the Guam International Airport Authority and the Government of Guam's Base Reuse and Alignment Steering Committee.
Interesting and Fun Facts
- The current Airport Terminal is approx 770,000 square feet - the size of 13 football fields!
- The carabaos in front of the terminal are named Tan Cara and Tun Bao! They were adopted as official mascots of the Airport and became part of the airport landscape in August of 2006. They have since become a favorite photo spot for visitors at the Airport.
There were three air terminals in Guam's civil aviation history.
- The first air terminal was dedicated in March of 1967 and was built at a cost of $1.6M.
- The second air terminal was dedicated in January of 1982 and built at a cost of $43M
- The current Airport facility was completed in September of 1998 and was built at a cost of $257M.
- Guess who turned 60 years old? Tiyan Field, a coral plateau north of Hagatna and forerunner of the present day landing field, was cleared through Chamorro forced labor under the supervision of the Japanese. A memorial plaque dedicated to those who built the first runway has been installed on the front façade of the Main Terminal.
- Guam surpassed the million passenger mark with 1,494,148 going through the Guam International Air Terminal in 1988.
- The newly built Airport Access Road, also known as Route 10A, opened for public use on June 10, 1988. This road has since become a major thoroughfare for Guam’s motorists providing direct access to the airport from Route 1 and Route 16.
The Airport and the Authority has changed its name 4 times!
- Public Law 13-57 mandated Terminal facilities to be referred to as "Guam International Air Terminal", and the Authority was to be referred to as the "Guam Airport Authority".
- Public Law 19-52 renamed the Guam International Air Terminal to the "A. B. Won Pat Guam International Air Terminal". All references to the agency remained "Guam Airport Authority".
- Public Law 23-69 amended all references to the Guam Airport Authority to the "A. B. Won Pat International Airport Authority" to represent our over 90% international travel base. The only real domestic flights are the flights to and from Honolulu.
- Public Law 26-93 amended references to the agency and terminal facilities as follows: The autonomous instrumentality to be called the "Antonio B. Won Pat Authority, Guam" or further identified as "Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam" and any and all references to the airport facility was to be amended to read "Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport, Guam" or the "Won Pat International Airport, Guam".
- Guam played a big role in the first transpacific flight by the historic Pan American China Clipper in November 1935. It inaugurated the first commercial transpacific flight from San Francisco to Manila via Honolulu, Midway Island, Wake Islands and Guam.
- The first group of 109 tourists arrived to Guam on a Pan Am flight from Japan on May 1, 1967. Since then, the Airport has grown and developed to accommodate over 2.8M, passengers through the Terminal.
- On an average year over 3,000 of Guam's students tour airport facilities and experience the ticketing, security screening and boarding processes.
- The only Der Wienerschnitzel franchise on Guam is located at the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority's food court in the concourse. They've been present in the terminal since 1996.
- A piece of the moon and a real NASA spacesuit, space food, and other space related items were displayed at the Main terminal from October - December 2005.