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transper_1pic.gif Centrair (Central Japan International Airport)
The Chubu Region Grows
a Pair of Wings


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Overview of the passenger terminal building


Steady progress has been made toward the completion of Centrair, Central Japan International Airport, to meet its scheduled opening in February 2005. In February 2003 the landfill work on the offshore island in Ise Bay off Tokoname City was completed. Now construction of the runway and passenger terminal is proceeding at fever pitch, and the site is quickly taking on the appearance of a first-class international airport.

Looking down at the island from above, one’s eyes are drawn to the 3,500-meter runway, which is one of the longest runways in Japan. The runway and taxiways are being paved using asphalt supplied by three plants built on the airport grounds. An estimated 450,000 tons of asphalt will have been used by the time the job is done.

The airport aprons—areas next to terminal buildings where planes park to load and unload passengers—are being constructed using slipform paving, a technique never before employed in building a Japanese airport. With this method, concrete is spread, shaped, and finished in one continuous operation without the use of metal forms. At the construction site, slipform pavers and other kinds of heavy equipment lay out the concrete in long strips. Nearly all of the airport’s broad aprons are to be completed using this technique.

The main elements of the exterior of the passenger terminal, such as steel frames covered by white panels, are in place. Inside, the interior finishing is making good progress. The main building, the Center Pier, and the international and domestic wings are now all connected, and moving walkways are being installed. The windows on the third floor of the international and domestic wings have been installed, and the sunlight shining through them bathes the lounges at each gate. All that remains, it would seem, is for passengers to arrive.

The interior of the 87-meter-tall control tower, which juts into the sky behind the domestic wing, is finished. Construction on the cargo terminal got underway this summer. The day is quickly approaching when Centrair will be a crossroads for exchange between the Chubu region and the world.

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