Narita International Airport Corporation (NAA), the owner-operator of Tokyo Narita Airport, announced (22-Oct-2009) that the extended Runway B was officially put into service, after being extended from 2,180 m to 2,500 m, five months ahead of the original schedule. From 28-Mar-2010, Narita will have 20,000 additional landing/take-off slots available per year. As a result, a significant increase in the number of flights on existing routes is expected. The Narita Rapid Railway system will enter service in 2010, connecting Narita Airport and central Tokyo in 36 minutes. [more]
Narita International Airport Corporation: "With this extended runway in addition to the existing 4,000-metre Runway A, Narita International Airport will now more adequately fulfill its role as a key international hub airport. The longer, 2,500-metre Runway B will lift the restrictions on aircraft types, enabling larger wide-body aircraft such as B747 and B777 operating long-haul services to destinations such as US West Coast and Moscow", Media Statement, 22-Oct-2009.