Commercial flights resume between Tokyo and quake-hit Noto

Commercial flights have resumed between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Noto Airport, located in the area of central Japan that was devastated by the powerful New Year's Day earthquake.

Noto Airport reopened on Thursday after repairs were completed on large cracks in the runway caused by the earthquake.

All Nippon Airways resumed its flights between Tokyo and Noto on Saturday morning.

People gathered at a gate at Haneda's Terminal 2 to board the first flight to Noto to be reunited with family and friends.

A woman in her 60s living in Kanagawa Prefecture, near Tokyo, said she was going to see her parents in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture. She said her parents are staying at an evacuation center as their house was heavily damaged by the quake.

The woman also said her parents do not want to leave Wajima, so she wants to discuss with them whether to move into temporary housing.

A Tokyo resident in his 50s said he is going to see a close friend in Suzu, another city in Ishikawa Prefecture. He said he was shocked by the earthquake but is glad to be able to see his friend. The man went on to say that he hopes to help prepare meals for quake victims at an evacuation center.

ANA said 62 passengers were on the first flight to Noto that departed Haneda around 10:30 a.m.

ANA operated 28 flights per week between the airports before the quake, but will have just six a week through the end of February. A round trip will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.