Feb 17, 2015

Centrair's pres. Kawakami meets the press on the 10th Anniversary of the Airport


President Hiroshi Kawakami holds a news conference.

Today is the 10th anniversary of the opening of Chubu Centrair International Airport (Centrair). Hiroshi Kawakami, president of Centrair, held a news conference Feb. 16.

Taking into account the fact that the airport is the result of a coming together of nearly a half century of demand for infrastructure in the local region and passion, he said, "We are positioning the milestone of the 10th year anniversary since the opening of the airport as a 'second airport opening,' and we will work to meet anew the expectations everyone placed in us at the time of the opening and to take on the new role of contributing to the next period of regional growth. We have renewed our determination to do these two things."

On the other hand, he said, countless cargo charter flights have run from Centrair to North America against the backdrop of the cargo handling slowdown at West Coast ports in North America, and, "It is difficult to discern the future." However, he said, he is thankful for the fact that Centrair is being used.

The main points of Kawakami's remarks were as follows:

• Centrair opened on Feb. 17, 2005, and Feb. 17, 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of its opening. Once again we would like to thank everyone, including customers who have flown on planes and come for recreation since the airport opened, all the people from the countries and local governments and people from the economic world who have supported Centrair, all the companies doing business at the airport, including airline companies, and all the relevant personnel who are making great efforts to keep the airport running every day.

• We are positioning the milestone of the 10th year anniversary since the opening of the airport as a "second airport opening," and we will work to meet anew the expectations everyone placed in us at the time of the opening and to take on the new role of contributing to the next period of regional growth. We have renewed our determination to do these two things.

• Together with the region and businesses that have supported the growth of Centrair so far, we will work to manage the airport with the aim of it being loved and trusted as it reliably fulfills its role as an international airport base for Japan.

• Cargo handling has fallen from a peak of 240,000 tons per year to as low as 110,000 tons, and cargo flights have hovered around eight per week. But in 2013, the number rose to 28 flights per week with Polar Air Cargo and All Nippon Airways going into commission and the amount of cargo handled is on track to recover. For the transport of Boeing 787 aircraft parts using sea and air transport, which is a strength of Centrair, the Boeing Dreamlifter Operation Center at Centrair is operating in earnest as an intermediate warehouse as the number of aircraft produced increases steadily. Aircraft-related cargo continues to increase and is a type of cargo with good prospects. The "Fly Centrair Cargo" regional initiative is a new area, and we hope it will lead to expansion of our freight network by uncovering demand for such agricultural products as flowers, fruit and brand beef.

• (Regarding future charter flights bound for the U.S.) we don't know the details, but quite a large number of charter flights are departing this month alone. The situation is that charter flights are operating temporarily because of the West Coast port slowdown in North America, and it is difficult to forecast how long this will last. However, we are grateful that charter freighter flights are departing from Centrair.

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