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Haneda eyeing further expansion for international services

  • 2015-01-16 15:00:00
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(Nikkei: January 16, 2015 – p. 3)

 

 The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport determines the number of landing slots for each airport to prevent overcapacity and accidents. Tokyo’s Haneda airport has been steadily increasing international landing slots since it opened for regular international services in 2010.

 

 Haneda airport expanded its international landing capacity for daytime departures and arrivals by 30,000 in March 2014. It offers a total of 90,000 slots a year, of which 60,000 are allocated for daytime flights and 30,000 for late-night to early-morning flights.

 

 Yet the airport still trails other Asian hubs in international landing capacity. One estimate shows that airports in the Tokyo metropolitan area, including Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture, will reach full capacity by the mid-2020s. The government sets a goal of increasing the number of foreign visitors by 1.5-fold from 2014 to 20 million by 2020. Concerns are mounting that the shortage of landing capacity at Tokyo airports may become a drag on this initiative.

 

 Discussions are underway within the transport ministry to establish new low-altitude routes in skies above Tokyo before the 2020 Olympic Games. The idea is aimed at easing congestion and improving efficiency of aviation control in Tokyo skies. The ministry expects this to boost Haneda’s annual landing slots by 40,000. It plans to use many of increased slots for international services.

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