A few weeks ago the Yomiuri News on-line reported the following:
According to Tass, in the Shana suburbs located at the central part of Etorofu in the Northern Territories, a new airport that had construction in progress was opened to foreign trade on the 22nd (September), and it started accepting Russia domestic flights.
The runway of the airport was about 2,300 meters, the taking off and landing by large-sized planes were also possible. Regular services connecting it to
etc. at Russian Far East were due to be commissioned. On the 22nd
the passenger plane No. 1 arrived from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk of Vladivostok Sakhalin.
On the Pacific Ocean side of Etorofu there was an airfield once used by
now-defunct Army, only small aircraft could take-off and land, also flight cancellations due to thick fog could succeeded one another. This new
airport, set up on the side of the had comparatively quiet weather. Sea of Okhotsk,
There was a chance that the Japan-Russia relationship could be affected as the Russian might be seen as showing off a posture that they developed the
as their own country’s territory. Northern
I hope the Russo-Japanese relation would not be affected by this airport.