JAL commemorates 60th anniversary of flights between Naha and Haneda

JAL commemorates 60th anniversary of flights between Naha and Haneda

The president of JAL Yoshiharu Ueki (fourth from right) took part in the ceremony at the Naha Airport Domestic Terminal building on February 5 marking the 60th anniversary of the launching of flights between Naha and Haneda.


February 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of flights between Naha and Haneda, Japan Airlines (JAL) held a ceremony at the Naha Airport Domestic Terminal building in the morning of February 5.

Yoshiyuki Uehara, the head of the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Seijun Wakugawa, the director-general of the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sports of Okinawa, took part in the ceremony.

Miss Okinawa Green Gracious Chika Nago presented a bouquet of flowers to the president of the company, Yoshiharu Ueki.

Ueki said, “This was the fifth service that the company launched. The route is laden with history. We have been expanding the number of flights as Okinawa has developed. We would like to continue to advance with Okinawa.”

The company launched the flight as an international flight before Okinawa’s return to Japanese sovereignty in 1954. They used to run return flights two times a week. The company had about 2,500 people using the flight every year at the beginning. They currently run return flights 12 times a week, with about 3 million people using the service every year.

(English translation by T&CT)

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