Naha Airport opens new international terminal building

Naha Airport opens new international terminal building

Representatives involved with the new international passenger terminal building pull a cord to drop a decorative banner from the ceiling to celebrate its opening at Naha Airport on February 17.

February 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Naha Airport opened a new international passenger terminal building on February 17. The opening ceremony took place in the building. The officials of the central and prefectural governments and representatives of the airlines celebrated the start of ‘a new gateway to foreign countries from Okinawa.’ Yoritaka Hanashiro, president of the Naha Airport Building Co., which manages and maintains the international building, said in her speech, “Okinawa will continue to develop as the gateway of Japan to Asia. We will strive to improve the international building more and more.” Ten airlines, including China Airlines (Taiwan) and Asiana Airlines (South Korea), will use the new international building. It operates 61 round trips a week between Naha and seven international destinations such as Seoul and Taipei.

Mamoru Otsubo, the head of the Naha Airport Office, Osaka Regional Civil Aviation Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, said, “The number of passengers on international routes at the airport has increased greatly in recent years. It is perfect timing to open the new international building. We expect that this terminal will contribute significantly to developing tourism and economic growth in Okinawa.”

A tourist who visited from Taiwan to take part in the resort wedding in Okinawa with 40 family members, said, “We came to Okinawa through the old international terminal on February 12. Now the new terminal operates. It has become more convenient.”

The old international building will be closed on February 16 and then removed by June.

(English translation by T&CT)

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