Japan's Tokyo Narita International Airport Corp announced plans for expansion that will involve the construction of a new low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT), as well as the expansion of existing terminals, following calls from budget carriers for a reduction of its landing fees and other airport costs (The Yomiuri Shimbun, 14-Oct-2010). The airport plans to double the number of regular domestic routes to 16 and reach a total of 300,000 arrival and departure slots by increasing them by 30,000 in fiscal 2011, 20,000 in fiscal 2012 and 30,000 in fiscal 2014. The corporation reached a final accord on 13-Oct-2010 over the increase in landing slots meeting with the central government, the Chiba prefectural government and nine municipalities. Based on the agreement, the company will decide on the expansions and the new terminals in late Oct-2010. The LCCT will most likely be constructed to the south of the first terminal. It is hoped the new terminal will be operational in fiscal 2013, following the investment of between USD37 million (JPY3 billion) and USD61 million (JPY5 billion). The corporation also plans to improve existing terminals by expanding and linking the two terminals as early as fiscal 2014. The operator plans to consolidate landings of the three major airline alliances to one terminal each.
14-Oct-2010 11:19 AM