Ibaraki Airport, a new ¥22 billion ($234.7 million) facility located about 50 mi. north of Tokyo, opened on March 11 amid criticism that it is a waste of money and with just one airline tenant. Asiana Airlines began flying daily to Incheon, but no additional new service is scheduled until Skymark Airlines launches daily flights to/from Kobe later this month. It was designed to alleviate congestion at Haneda and Narita, both of which are expanding, and to attract low-cost carriers. Among the ...

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