Narita Airport Approved To Build Third Runway

Narita Airport Approved To Build Third Runway. The Tokyo Narita International Airport has received the green light to extend its hours of operation and to build a third runway.

The airport operator Narita International Airport Corporation (NIAC) says that an agreement was reached after several years of discussions with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation, as well as with the Chiba Prefecture and the local municipalities surrounding the airport.

To start, operations will be extended by 2.5 hours from 05.00 local time until 00.30 local time.

Tokyo Narita International Airport Bird Eye View

Narita Airport Approved To Build Third Runway, pic: Tokyo Narita International Airport Bird Eye View

Currently, the airport operates between 06:00 local time and 23:00 local time, or until midnight when necessary. This is the first time that the airport has adjusted its operating hours since its opening in 1978.

In addition, it will build a third 3,500m track, and will expand its second track, 16L / 34R, from 1,000m to 3,500m.

A report in Japan Today indicates that the extension of the runway will be completed in 2020, while the third runway will be built in the next decade.

These measures will help increase the number of slot machines for landing and landing in Narita from 300,000 to 500,000 annually.

NIAC says the increasing demand for air travel in Asia-Pacific, as well as in Japan, has increased the likelihood that Tokyo's two major airports, Haneda and Narita, operate beyond their current handling capacity between fiscal year 2022 and the fiscal 2027.

With Narita operating on 500,000 slot machines, it will be able to handle 75 million passengers annually, and capacity will be affected between 2032 and 2048.

In 2017, Narita handled 40.7 million passengers. All Nippon Airways is the largest operator in terms of seating capacity, followed by Japan Airlines, Jetstar Japan and Vanilla Air.