INTERVIEW: Centrair Chief Wants 2nd Runway

Economy

Tokoname, Aichi Pref., July 12 (Jiji Press)--Central Japan International Airport, or Centrair, in Aichi Prefecture needs a second runway in the long run, Riki Inuzuka, president and chief executive officer of its operator, said in a recent interview.

Central Japan International Airport Co. will first focus on increasing flight and passenger numbers to achieve the goal, said Inuzuka, a former Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> executive.

The company will continue its efforts to attract new airlines, he said, adding that the airport serves as a hub for parts exports to U.S. aircraft maker Boeing Co.

"We hope to keep sending the message that the airport is connected to core industries and highly crucial in terms of Japan-U.S. relations," said Inuzuka, who took the helm of the airport operator late last month.

Centrair, which opened in 2005, saw its passenger number hit a record high of 12.35 million in fiscal 2018, which ended last March.

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