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Japan MLITT to study measures to further increase Tokyo Narita and Tokyo Haneda slots

11-Sep-2013 10:25 AM

Japan MLITT announced (10-Sep-2013) it will convene a panel of academics and experts in Oct-2013 to discuss measures to increase slots at Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita airports to support expected growth in traffic and flight demand following Tokyo’s successful bid host the 2020 Summer Olympics. The Ministry plans to increase the number of slots at Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita from 680,000 to 750,000 p/a from FY2014, but this is expected to be insufficient in the medium- to long-term. Of the total slots, Tokyo Haneda will have 447,000 and Tokyo Narita will have 300,000. Among the measures under consideration are transferring unused domestic slots to international, construction of a fifth runway at Tokyo Haneda, construction of a new terminal, and re-examining flight routes over Tokyo. The Japanese government is targeting 10 million foreign visitor arrivals this year, increasing further to 20 million in the future. [more - original PR - Japanese]