Narita is adopting short- and long-term measures to cope with rising passenger traffic, an official at the Tokyo airport told delegates at the 2019 Air Convention Asia in Bangkok on 3 May.
The most immediate measure is an extension of operating hours to midnight, beginning with the winter 2019 schedule in October, said Koji Takahashi, vice-president of aviation sales and marketing at Narita International Airport Corporation. The airport currently closes at 2300 h local time.
“Seventy-eight more flights in total will be added, [so] for the airlines it’s a very big opportunity,” Takahashi said.
Other incentives for airlines to use Narita include a full landing charge rebate for airlines operating departures before 0900 h local time, which Takahashi described a “less-congested time”.
Infrastructure growth should add capacity at Narita, he added. Narita handled 42.6 million passengers in 2018 (about half the total of Tokyo airport Haneda, which is the main aviation gateway to Japan), marking a 4.7% year-on-year increase.
Terminal 3 (T3) at Narita will be expanded in the next two or three years; it only opened in 2015 but is already saturated, and the expansion plan will double its capacity. A third runway is also planned to enter into operation “in seven or eight years”, Takahashi said.
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