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Sendai and Guam Int'l Become Sister Airports - 21 Years of Service Overcome Adversity to Persevere

Sendai and Guam Int'l Become Sister Airports - 21 Years of Service Overcome Adversity to Persevere

The signing ceremony for sister ariports at Guam International on November 19.

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Sendai Airport in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture forged a sister airport agreement with Guam International Airport and held a signing ceremony at Guam International on November 19.

Prior to the ceremony, Guam Governor Eddie B. Calvo and Guam International Airport Authority (GIAA) Vice-Chairman Francisco Santos visited Sendai Airport and the Miyagi Prefecture Capitol on November 16. Miyagi Prefecture Vice-Governor Shuichi Miura and Sendai Airport Building Co., Ltd. President Katsuhiko Ito then visited Guam on the 18th and attended the signing ceremony the following day.

Continental Airlines (currently part of United Air Lines, Inc.) began operating regular commercial flights to the airports in July 1990. In the more than two decades since, each airport has become a nexus of international exchange. The first international commercial route to reopen after Sendai Airport recovered from the damage inflicted by last year's Great East Japan Earthquake was the Guam route.

Guam International is the second to sign a sister airport agreement with Sendai, the other partner being Changchun Longjia International Airport in China. Sendai is also Guam International's first Japanese sister airport. By signing the agreement, the two airports plan to "strengthen the bonds of friendship and bring out mutual, positive economic benefits for our economies."

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