Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport Opens - Regular Flights on 5 Domestic & Int’l Routes

Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport Opens - Regular Flights on 5 Domestic & Int’l Routes

A scene from the opening ceremony at Mr. Fuji Shizuoka Airport.

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Shizuoka Airport in Shimada and Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture opened on June 4. The airport is also known as Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport.

A local government official described the 22 years from the selection of the construction site in 1987 to the regional airport’s completion as “a difficult birth.” When preparations to open the airport reached the final stage in September of last year, it was realized that private property near the runway did not have the trees required under the Civil Aeronautics Law, so the opening was pushed back three months from the time originally scheduled in March of this year.

The opening ceremony was held early in the morning in the Observation Lobby on the third floor of the terminal building, where Shizuoka Prefecture Governor Yoshinobu Ishikawa declared the airport open. He celebrated the birth of the long-sought gateway to the air with other officials and personnel. Then at 8:40 a.m. the first flight, a JAL (Japan Airlines) plane bound for Fukuoka, took off from the brand new runway with all seats booked . The airport got off to a good start.

Regular domestic flights from the airport will serve Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa, while international flights will go to Seoul and Shanghai. In addition to plans for international charter flights to destinations such as Hong Kong and Zurich, in July the airport will become the hub of new airline Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA), with regular flights to Komatsu, Kumamoto and Kagoshima.