Vanilla Air informs prefecture of plan to train pilots at Shimojijima airport

Vanilla Air informs prefecture of plan to train pilots at Shimojijima airport

President Katsuya Goto on the left talking about the upcoming flight training at the Shimojijima Airport with vice governor Tadaaki Urasaki


 

September 14, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

 

An LCC airline company, Vanilla Air, will start training pilots at the Shimojijima Airport in Mijakojima city, Okinawa, from October 11.

 

The training is planned to be held twice a year, and each training will last at least five days.

 

Eight pilots will participate in approximately 100 rounds of touch-and-go training using the Airbus A320.

 

President of Vanilla Air, Katsuya Goto, who visited vice governor Tadaaki Urasaki at the prefectural government office on September 13 announced the plan.

 

President Goto expressed his gratitude for the prefecture allowing the company to conduct its training program, saying, “We can carry out efficient flight training at the Shimojijima Airport.

 

We hope this opportunity will be a chance for the island to be known widely in the country.”

 

As for the reason why the company chose to conduct training, he explained; “it is because we can shorten our training period and we can arrange the schedule more flexibly.”

 

Vice governor, Urasaki, welcomed the training remarking, “We appreciate the company for utilizing the 3000-meter runway.

 

We hope the training will lead to further economic opportunities.”

 

The use fee charged by the Shimojijima Airport to the prefecture dropped drastically after Air Nippon Airways ended its flight training at the airport in 2015.

 

Currently the Ryukyu Air Commuter and the First Flying use the airport for their training.

 

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)

 

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