The Central Japan International Airport (Centrair) is being constructed
to provide a new air gateway to the central region of Japan. The
airport island is being built in Aichi prefecture, about 170 miles
southwest of Tokyo. The airport will serve a major population
centre of about 10 million people and also a major industrial
area, particularly automobile producers; the airport is expected
to handle a significant quantity of the commercial cargo from
the area. Despite much protest over the project's necessity by
local environmentalists and fishermen, the construction started
in August 2000. The airport is scheduled to open by March 2005
in time to handle passenger traffic for a World Exposition to
be held in nearby Aichi. The airport is expected to become Japan's
third largest international airport.
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