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14-Mar-2011 5:20 PM

Japan's MLIT provides update on operational status of airports in Tohoku region

Japan's MLIT announced (14-Mar-2011) the operation status of airports in Tohoku region as at 05:00 (JST) on 14-Mar-2011:

  • Odate-Noshiro Airport: Scheduled services are operational while remote air support facilities operations are suspended;
  • Sendai Airport: The airport has been closed since 15:06 on 11-Mar-2011. A Japanese military technical squad is now on site. More than 200 wrecked vehicles and rubble of destroyed houses litters the runway, taxiways and and apron. A clean-up operations started on 14-Mar-2011 and buildings, facilities and infrastructure are being checked for damage and repair assessment;
  • Misawa Airport: Scheduled services are operating. However, due to power failure, gates are operated manually;
  • Hanamaki Airport: The terminal building is unable to be used due to a collapsed ceiling with scheduled services being cancelled. It is expected the terminal building will resume operations on 17-Mar-2011. In response to the increase of rescue aircraft, 24-hour operation will be introduced for non-scheduled services such as relief flights. The normal operational hours for the airport are 08:00-19:30;
  • Fukushima Airport: 24-hour operation introduced in response to the increase of earthquake aid flights. Normal operational hours are 08:00-20:00. Scheduled flights are also being operated. 20 extra sections were operated on 13-Mar-2011. However, the glass windows in the control tower have been completely destroyed;
  • Ibaraki Airport: Unable to use terminal building due to collapsed ceiling. The terminal building is expected to resume operations on 14-Mar-2011 with Skymark and Spring Airlines services. Asiana Airlines, however, has temporarily cancelled operations to/from the airport;  
  • Yamagata Airport: At the request of Yamagata Prefectural government, 24-hour operations have been occurring since 12-Mar-2011. Normal hours of operation are 08:00 to 19:30.
    Scheduled services are being operated. There has been no damage to the airport;  
  • Aomori Airport: Scheduled services are operating. There has been no damage to the airport;  
  • Shonai Airport: Scheduled services are operating. There has been no damage to the airport;
  • Akita Airport: Scheduled services are operating. There has been no damage to the airport;
  • Niigata Airport: Scheduled services are operating. There has been no damage to the airport.

MLIT also stated that 121 services have been cancelled in the Tohoku area: One in Akita, 10 in Hanamaki, 90 in Sendai, 10 in Fukushima, eight in Ibaraki and two in Odate-Nohsiro. There were 20 extra services on 14-Mar-2011 with an anticipated four extra services to be conducted on 15-Mar-2011.

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