The airport sought reimbursement for lost revenue as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident triggered by the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, according to Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato. The airport is located 60 km (40 miles) from the plant.
According to Ikuo Itonuma, an airport spokesman, “Many domestic and international flights, especially those between Seoul and Fukushima, were canceled because the plant was leaking radiation. There was a 99% decrease in the number of international travelers, and only one charter flight from Switzerland carrying 194 passengers.”
He told Majirox News that between March 11 and Aug. 31, the airport had lost 4.8 billion yen. From April 1 to September 30, 2011, total sales had decreased by 5.8 billion yen ($74 million) compared to the same period in the previous year. There was a significant reduction in revenue from airport fees and duty-free sales.
“We lost so much revenue that, in order to recover and survive, we had no choice but to sue TEPCO,” Itounma said.