Japan's Narita International Airport Corp President Kosaburo Morinaka stated Tokyo Narita Airport will shortly draw up plans for the construction of a new LCCT at the airport (Kyodo News, 05-Jan-2011). The company is seeking to determine the specifics of the construction project, such as the timing of the building’s completion and the size of the facility, as quickly as possible. The company stated around a dozen foreign LCCs have expressed a desire to use the airport and have requested the company lower its landing fees and facility usage fees. Negotiations are still underway between the carriers and the company.
Narita to draw up plans for LCCT; 12 foreign LCCs interested
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