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Consortium enter talks on privately operating seven airports in Hokkaido

A company consortium is to enter into exclusive discussions about running New Chitose and six other Hokkaido airports, the Japan land ministry said Wednesday.

The step is composed of schemes to privatise New Chitose, Wakkanai, Kushiro, Hakodate, Asahikawa, Memanbetsu and Obihiro airports activities. The central government or local authorities are presently operating them.

Starting in 2020, the consortium could begin running the seven airports in phases. A 30-year agreement on airport activities is anticipated to be concluded as soon as October.

The consortium is resulted by the provider of terminal structures at New Chitose Airport, Hokkaido Airport Terminal Co. It also involves Mitsubishi Estate Co., Tokyu Corp., Japan’s state-affiliated Development Bank, North Pacific Bank, and Hokkaido Electric Power Co. Near Sapporo; New Chitose Airport is socially viable due to power supply from company travellers and visitors. The other six are fighting.

The consortium seeks to increase the number of passengers at the seven airports through interventions such as the development of Hokkaido sightseeing paths.


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