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article imageJapan's Sendai airport reopens after tsunami devastation

By Leo Reyes     Sep 26, 2011 in Travel
Trade and commercial activities in the tsunami-hit Sendai City in Northeastern Japan will soon resume with the reopening of Sendai Airport Sunday.
Sendai was severely damaged after a giant tsunami triggered by a powerful earthquake hit the city, damaging the entire runway including the terminal facilities.
It took authorities at least six months from the time of tsunami devastation to put the airport back to its present navigable status.
The Governor of Miyagi has traveled to Sendai City for the reopening ceremonies.
"I hope this will activate the exchange of people and goods and help rebuild the entire Tohoku region," Miyagi Gov. Yoshihiro Murai said
Food outlets and other facilities inside the airport have also reopened.
Yoon Young Doo, president of Asiana Airlines was on board the first international flight that landed at the newly reopened airport, the Japan Times reported.
Other airline companies are also scheduled to resume flight to Sendai Airport including Continental Airlines flights to Guam, the report added.
Aside from being the seat of administrative services in the region, the city relies heavily on retail trade and services which employs more workers from the area.
Sendai is also home to several big universities such as Tohoku University.
Sendai has a population of more than one million and is the largest city of the Tohoku region of Northern Honshu.
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