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Kunashir ready to receive passenger planes, needs certification

The Kuril Island of Kunashir is again ready to receive passenger planes. The local airport was closed on October 15 because of the inferior condition of the runway. The repairs are over, but the airport still needs to be certified.

"It is much easier to close an airport than to open one," head of the Sakhalin regional transport department Vladimir Degtyaryov said on Tuesday. The airport certification exceeds the authority of the Sakhalin administration and must be done by the territorial department of the Federal Aviation Agency and aviation security services. The certificates will receive a final approval in Moscow, but the time of the certification is yet unknown.

The only link between Kunashir and the mainland is the Marina Tsvetayeva passenger vessel. Planes make shuttle flights between Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Iturup. People have to reach Paramushir via Kamchatka. It is possible to take a helicopter from Petropavlosk-Kamchatsky to Paramushir.

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