2,500-Meter Runway at Narita to be Available in October and Allow for 220,000 Annual Arrivals and Departures
On May 20, Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture announced that completion of construction to extend the temporary parallel runway (Runway B) from 2,180 meters to 2,500 meters will finish and the full runway will be available for use on October 22, approximately five months ahead of schedule.
The construction to extend the north end of Runway B began in September 2006 with the aim of offering the full runway for use by the end of March 2010, but the airport said that “the efforts of our workers and favorable weather” made it possible to increase the pace a great deal.
Due to the early opening of the runway at Narita, work on related facilities will continue with the goal of further increasing the safety and functionality of the using the airport so that it will be able to increase current annual arrivals and departures from 200,000 to 220,000 starting at the end of March next year.
In addition, the airport and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism have conveyed that they are considering increasing the number of annual arrivals and departures by 30,000, to bring the total to 250,000, by improving operational efficiency with the new 2,500-meter runway and 4,000-meter Runway A.