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Airport on Sakhalin resumes work after cyclone

December 17, 2013, 10:05 UTC+3 YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK

The airport of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk was closed since Sunday morning

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YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, December 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Airport of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk resumed work Monday at 23:00 GMT, officials at the air hub told Itar-Tass.

At the time of reporting, the air control division was coordinating the departures of flights so as to suit the interests of passengers and airlines likewise.

The first jet that was bound for Seoul took off at 01:00 GMT, Tatiana Kozyreva, a spokeswoman for Aurora airline said.

“A total of 110 passengers left by the first flight and the second one is expected to take off in nine hours’ time,” she said. “Also, two flights are bound to leave for Vladivostok and another two, for Khabarovsk, the main flight and supplementary one in each case.”

All in all, about 600 air passengers are due to leave Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk before the end of the day. Problems however remain with the departures of passengers to small local destinations, the routes to which are serviced by Antonov-24 turbofans.

The airport of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk was closed since Sunday morning because of a powerful cyclone. Delays affected some 2,000 passengers and 75 inbound and outbound flights.

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