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MLIT: Full Recovery at Sendai Airport Passenger Terminal by End of September

MLIT: Full Recovery at Sendai Airport Passenger Terminal by End of September

Sentai Airport was partially restored on April 13 after 33 days of shutdown by the earthquake.

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On May 24, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) announced a goal for the complete recovery of the passenger terminal at Sendai Airport in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, which incurred heavy damage from the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake, by the end of September.

The airport was closed after most of its facilities and runway were flooded by the tsunami spawned by the earthquake. Facilities were partially restored on April 13, allowing the resumption of some domestic passenger aircraft services running on temporary schedules, but normal power systems and other equipment needed for regular domestic and international route services are still lacking, meaning that flight operation capacity is severely limited.

The MLIT has set a target of expanding domestic passenger handling capacity by July 25 by continuing with the recovery work and bringing power systems and other equipment back online. Flights per hour will be raised from the current one flight to two. This will also allow the operation of international commercial flights. Furthermore, recovery work will bring back all passenger terminal facilities including the immigration checkpoint by the end of September. Temporary measures to allow charter flights to operate from late June onward (ahead of schedule) are also being taken.

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