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Iwakuni airport terminal building completed.

IWAKUNI, Japan, Oct. 29 Kyodo

The terminal building of a new military-civilian airport in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, was completed Monday ahead of the airport's launch on Dec. 13.

The new Iwakuni Kintaikyo Airport in western Japan will use a runway of a U.S. Marine Corps air base, with All Nippon Airways Co. planning to operate four daily round-trip services from Haneda airport in Tokyo. The airport is aiming to attract 400,000 passengers a year.

The two-story terminal building has been built at a cost of 1,320 million yen. It will be operated by a joint public-private venture, shareholders of which include Yamaguchi Prefecture and the city of Iwakuni.

A ceremony for the completion of the terminal building was attended by around a hundred people, including officials of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, All Nippon Airways and the U.S. air base.

"The airport is a symbol of dream and hope for Iwakuni," Iwakuni Mayor Yoshihiko Fukuda said at the ceremony, noting it will "bring about new opportunities in tourism and industrial promotion."

Commercial flights operated from U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni between 1952 and 1964, and the opening of the new airport will mark the resumption of commercial flights after 48 years.
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Date:Oct 29, 2012
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