Japan’s Narita International Airport is to open its first executive aviation terminal next year. The announcement, which was made at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas on October 10, is an endorsement of the efforts Narita and the Japan Business Aviation Association have put into developing private aviation in the country.
Narita International Airport
As part of Japan’s resolve to get back on its feet after the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the eastern part of the country in April, Nagoya Airport has come to the NBAA show (Booth No. C8026) to make it clear that it is perfectly safe to travel to Japan.
Boeing didn’t have to contrive any sense of jubilation today in rain-soaked Everett, Wash., as it delivered the first 787 Dreamliner to Japan’s All Nippon Airways. It staged the event after three years of delays and billions of dollars in cost overruns on a complex program that at times appeared to have tested the U.S. airframer to the limit.
Japanese carrier ANA is preparing for the first-ever passenger flight by the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on October 26, when it will operate a special charter service from Tokyo Narita International Airport to Hong Kong.
Most of Japan’s airports have reopened in the wake of Friday’s major earthquake and ensuing tsunami that triggered one of the worst nuclear power plant disasters in history, left thousands dead and caused widespread property damage. Airspace within a 20-km (10.8 nm) radius of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant remains closed from the surface through all altitudes. Sendai Airport is buried under a sea of mud and remains closed.
Business aviation access to Tokyo is about to get easier. Beginning October 31, Tokyo's Haneda International Airport (RJTT), previously opened to business aircraft arrivals from overseas only between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., will allow eight slots for domestic and international flights (up to four arrivals) during the previously prohibited hours. Slots for nighttime arrivals remain unlimited.
An Airbus A380 test aircraft landed this week for the first time at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan, making it the 120th airport visited by the superjumbo airliner to date. During the visit, the aircraft confirmed Day One readiness of Haneda’s new international terminal by performing various airport compatibility checks.
Japan has opened Tokyo Haneda Airport to international general aviation flights via 16 slots per hour, available between 11 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. daily. Outside those times, international flights will have to land at other designated airports to clear customs and procedural requirements before being permitted to fly to other destinations within Japan. Applications should be filed by the 15th of the month before the proposed date of flight.
Japan’s minister for administrative reform and deregulation has called for Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports to be privatized and merged and managed by a single operating company, arguing that the facilities would be run more efficiently in the private sector. The minister said he expects a privatization plan for the country’s main gateways to be approved by year-end.