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Night Flights Began at Sendai Airport with Air Do Service on April 29th

Night Flights Began at Sendai Airport with Air Do Service on April 29th

Sendai Airport Terminal that has reopened after the 33-day closure by the earthquake and tsunami damages.

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On April 26, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) announced the April 29 start of night-time operations for civilian aircraft at Sendai Airport in Natori, Miyazaki Prefecture upon installing temporary lighting equipment.

Civilian aircraft resumed some operations on April 13 at the airport that was closed due to damage incurred by the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake, although electricity and water supplies are still cut off, limiting flights to day-time operations. The intense recovery work has been proceeding nonstop and now temporary lighting has been installed in part of the terminal as well as the taxiway between it and the runway, allowing for the resumption of night landings and takeoffs starting the same day. As was the case prior to the earthquake, civilian aircraft are allowed to use the airport between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Upon learning of the decision to resume night-time flights, Hokkaido International Airlines Co. Ltd. ("Air Do") began operating a temporary daily round-trip flight between New Chitose Airport in Sapporo and Sendai that day. The 126-passenger Boeing 737 flying the route did so until May 8. The flight schedule was:

Depart Sapporo: 4:30 p.m. Arrive in Sendai: 5:40 p.m.

Depart Sendai: 6:35 p.m. Arrive in Sapporo: 7:50 p.m.

Although temporary lighting has been installed at the airport's bus terminal, taxi area, airport roads and parking, the MLIT is urging caution when going there at night since roads leading to the airport lack lighting and working traffic signals in some places.

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