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Friday, 21st October 2011
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Ibaraki Airport wins low-cost airport award

Japan's Ibaraki Airport has won the low-cost airport of the year award from the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).

It was given the accolade for being both "innovative and influential" since it opened last year.

The airport has maintained high standards despite suffering slight damage in the earthquake which hit Japan earlier this year.

It reopened after just a few days and provided much-needed support to other worse-hit airports in the region.

"Despite serious setbacks following the March earthquake and tsunami, Ibaraki has continued to provide outstanding service to the low-cost airline industry," Peter Harbinson, executive chairman of CAPA, said.

"In a challenging and increasingly competitive environment, Ibaraki Airport...has demonstrated it is at the vanguard of change in Japanese aviation, adopting an innovative and proactive approach to market development."

Other awards given out on the night included the Airline of the Year gong which went to Japan Airlines and Best Regional Airline which was awarded to Singapore's SilkAir.

Posted by Mark Smith

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