Kobe Airport, named "Marine Air", opened yesterday on a reclaimed island just south of Port Island.
The new airport presently has 54 flights a day to and from several cities: Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Naha (Okinawa), Nagasaki, Niigata, Sapporo, Sendai and Tokyo (Haneda).
The flights are operated by JAL, ANA and Skymark. Flights run between 7am and 9pm.
The airport can be reached by PortLiner automated train from Sannomiya (320 yen; 16 minutes), bus, car or speed boat (30 minutes) from Kansai International Airport (service to open later in 2006). Car parking fees are presently free for 1 day and 1,000 yen per day thereafter.
The massively expensive project is financed by Kobe City and was opposed by 370,000 people who signed a petition opposing the plan due to the high construction costs.
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Tel: 078 304 7775
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