Full operations resume at Japan's Sendai Airport

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Japan's Sendai Airport became fully operational on 25 September, with the resumption of international services to Seoul.

The coastal airport in Miyagi Prefecture was largely destroyed after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake on 11 March triggered a tsunami. The waves flooded the airport ramp and surrounding runways and damaged some parts of the terminal building.

It partially reopened on 13 April for domestic services, which have been gradually ramped up over the last few months. The airport hoped to resume international services by July, but that was delayed several times as the authorities were still rebuilding the airport and repairing the terminal.

International operations finally resumed on 25 September, when South Korea's Asiana Airlines began thrice-weekly services from Seoul's Incheon airport, said an official from Sendai airport.

Continental Airlines will resume twice-weekly services from Sendai to Guam on 2 October, added the official.