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Japan's tsunami-swamped Sendai Airport to re-open

Sendai Airport in Japan, which was crippled by March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, is due to resume international flights on 25 July, the country’s Transport Ministry has announced.

Sendai Airport in Japan, which was crippled by March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, is due to resume international flights on 25 July, the country’s Transport Ministry has announced.

Although domestic, non-scheduled, commercial flights were resumed at the airport on 13 April, international scheduled flights are not expected to be operational until 25 July.


According to Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), overall reconstruction work of the international terminal building – which was severely damaged by the disaster – is expected to be completed by the end of September.


Since 23 June, some international charter flights requested by travel agencies have resumed operations to the airport, however “tentatively and within the limitation of facilities”, the Transport Ministry said.


Four airlines, including All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines have said they will restart regular flights to and from Sendai Airport on July 25.


The airlines, which also include Hokkaido International Airlines and IBEX Airlines, will switch their current irregular services back to a regular schedule once the airport's facilities are fully fixed.


Flights by Continental Airlines and South Korea's Asiana Airlines are due to arrive on 25 July, while United Airlines will restart two weekly flights linking Sendai and Guam on 2 October.

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