All Nippon Airways resumed its flights to and from an airport on the Noto Peninsula on Saturday, almost a month after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit the region on New Year's Day and left its runway damaged.

While regular flights connecting Noto Airport in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, and Tokyo's Haneda Airport are limited to one round-trip per day on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through February, it is hoped they will help bring volunteer workers to quake-hit areas to assist their recovery from the disaster, which left more than 230 dead.

Before the quake struck the Noto Peninsula on the Sea of Japan coast, there were two round-trip flights between the two airports each day. But the airport was forced to suspend services after it found a gap measuring 10 centimeters in depth and 10 meters in length on a runway following the quake.