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Long stalled Ishigaki Airport construction surfaces again

Date Posted: 2004-07-16

Plans to upgrade the Ishigaki Airport in the southern Yaeyama Islands began 25 years ago, and the work’s never gotten off the ground.

This week, it appears progress is finally about to happen.

Land owners who’d never agreed to sell their property to the Yaeyama GovernorsOffice and to Ishigaki City have finally had a change of heart. The 99 land owners say now they’ll sell the needed property so the airport can be upgraded. Ishigaki’s airport is cramped, with a runway so short that Boeing 737 aircraft are the largest that can be accommodated.

Larger aircraft are needed to effectively promote tourism in the Ishigaki and Yaeyama areas.

Ishigaki City Mayor Choushou Ohama and the Prefecture Yaeyama Branch have met and say that “now 100% of the land owners have decided to sell the land to us. They have changed their mind and now want to sell, so airport construction work will begin in 2005.”

Mayor Choushou says “I want to thank the landowners that they finally sold the land, so now we can see the real airport expansion to be more than a dream.”

There remains, however, one more hurdle to get over. An opposition group against developing the airport complex is still active. They are arguing that new construction will impact the ocean coral, and say they’re going to defend the Shiraho – ocean.

Mayor Choushou is planning to explain protection plans the airport project will implement to protect the environment. And he says “we put the voices of 10,000 citizens into the new paper, and they’ve said it’s time to expand the airport. How much Okinawa business we’ve lost, we’ll never know.”

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