It was revealed on August 29 that the Sendai Airport Access Line will restore service on the Mitazono Station – Sendai Airport Station section—currently suspended as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake—on October 1, reinstating revenue service across the full length of the line.
Sendai Airport is scheduled to do a full reopening, including the resumption of regular international flights, on September 25. The restoration of the Access Line could give renewed energy to the resumption of functions at the hub airport.
A total of 40 roundtrips will be operated daily, including two rapid roundtrips, returning the service to pre-earthquake levels. The train traffic control system, flooded out as a result of the tsunami, has been relocated from the first floor to the second floor at Sendai Airport Station as part of anti-tsunami measures, and the railway will restart operations of the system.
In conjunction with the re-opening of the full length of the Access Line, the substitution bus service operating between Mitazono and Sendai Airport Stations, as well as the direct-service bus runs connecting JR Sendai Station and Sendai Airport, will end on August 30.
The Access Line received severe damage to electrical equipment, viaducts, tunnels, and station buildings as a result of the tsunami, and service across the entire line had been suspended. The railway temporarily restored the train traffic control system on July 23 at Mitazono Station, partially resuming service on the Natori Station – Mitazono Station section of the line at about 70 percent of the pre-earthquake schedule.
Some recent videos on the line (2011.08.02): Source: muratalove on YouTube