Japan’s Central Japan International Airport president Hiroshi Kawakami confirmed the airport is considering constructing a dedicated LCCT with the aim of having the proposed facility entering service in the first half of 2013. Mr Kawakami, as quoted by Nikkei, added it is in the final stages of making adjustments. AirAsia Japan has been in talks with the airport and has been requesting the construction of the LCCT. The carrier plans to operate domestic services to Sapporo and Fukuoka as well as short-haul international services from Nagoya.
Central Japan International Airport president: LCCT could enter service in 1H2013
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