Groundbreaking ceremony of Naha Airport’s second runway

Groundbreaking ceremony of Naha Airport’s second runway

At a hotel in Naha City on March 1, officials of the central and local governments and representatives of the business organizations celebrate the start of construction of the Naha Airport second runway.

March 2, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The groundbreaking ceremony of the second runway construction project of Naha Airport was held in a hotel in Naha on March 1. Currently, Naha Airport has a single runway, which is overcrowded with many arrivals and departures. The Okinawa Prefectural Government and business organizations have asked the central government to build another runway to help develop the Okinawan economy. About 350 people, such as officials of the Okinawan and the central government and representatives of business organizations took part in the ceremony. They welcomed the new runway, saying it could lead to a self-reliant economy and would promote tourism in Okinawa.

Construction started in January. It will be completed in December 2019, and will operate from March 31, 2020.

Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima stressed its significance, saying, “We have a vision of greater self-reliance in Okinawa.” Minister of State for Okinawa Ichita Yamamoto said, “This project will play a role to make Okinawa stronger and more free standing.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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