MIAMI — United Airlines has requested to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) the approval to launch flights between Guam and Shanghai, China. The carrier would like to initially start twice weekly service between the two cities, starting October 28, 2014.

The proposed schedule would have flights operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It would depart Guam at 19:20 and arrive in Shanghai at 22:15, all local times. The return flight would depart at 23:20 and arrive in Guam at 05:30 the following day. The new flights would be operated by a Boeing 737.

If approved, United will be the first to offer direct, scheduled flights between Guam and mainland China.

United expects that the new flight will boost Guam’s tourism industry According to the airline, it is projected that by 2020, more than 150,000 Chinese tourists will visit the island.

Guam’s tourism industry has been working on improving its secondary visitor markets in light of the declining visitor arrivals from Japan, which for decades has been the island’s main source of visitors.

United currently serves twenty cities from Guam: Cairns, Chuuk, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Koror, Kosrae, Kwajalein, Majuro, Manila, Nagoya-Centrair, Niigata, Okayama, Osaka-Kansai, Pohnpei, Sapporo-Chitose, Sendai, Tokyo-Narita, and Yap.