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Skymark Airlines will resume scheduled flights between Ibaraki Airport and Kobe Airport on Oct. 1 after terminating them in August, Skymark President Shinichi Nishikubo said Tuesday.

Skymark will also launch flights to Sapporo and Nagoya from Ibaraki Airport by March, he said. The airport, in the city of Omitama 80 km northeast of Tokyo, opened in March.

In June, the budget airline announced it would suspend Ibaraki-Kobe flights at the end of August because the Air Self-Defense Force’s use of Ibaraki Airport could hinder the carrier’s operations.

Ibaraki Prefecture then asked Skymark to continue the only scheduled domestic flights from the airport.

“The problems have almost been resolved,” Nishikubo said after he met with Ibaraki Gov. Masaru Hashimoto to offer to resume the Kobe flights and inaugurate the new services.

In addition to Skymark, South Korea’s Asiana Airlines now operates regular flights between the airport and Seoul.

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