FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Fukuoka Gov. Wataru Aso plans to push for expanding Fukuoka airport rather than moving it offshore, local sources said Friday.

The local business community is promoting a ¥920 billion project to relocate the airport and give it greater capacity than envisioned under the airport’s current expansion plan, they said.

But the governor has apparently decided to support the construction of a second runway, which will cost only ¥200 billion, they said.

The governor plans to take that line next Thursday at the prefectural assembly, while leaving room for studying offshore relocation if the expanded airport faces further problems in the future, the sources said.

The two plans are being studied to relieve the congestion being caused by takeoffs and landings. The airport is operating at nearly full capacity.

The expansion plan includes a 2,500-meter second runway that would enlarge the airport by 20 hectares but take seven years to finish.

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