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New Control Tower at Haneda Airport Begins Work - World’s Third-Tallest at 115.7 Meters

New Control Tower at Haneda Airport Begins Work - World’s Third-Tallest at 115.7 Meters

New and old control towers at Haneda Airport. Photo: ©Tokyo Regional Civil Aviation Bureau

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The new control tower at Haneda Airport in Ohta Ward, Tokyo (also known as Tokyo International Airport) began operations on January 12.

The new control tower, which will manage the new Runway D scheduled to open in October of this year and new international routes, as well as helping with the airport’s expansion and internationalization, is 38.1 meters taller than the previous tower at 115.7 meters, the world’s third-tallest. Construction on the tower - which features a cutting-edge base isolation system, is design to reduce swaying due to winds and has a control room with no pillars - began in December 2006 and was completed in June of last year.

In conjunction with the new control tower’s start of operations, a decision has been made to centralize control (terminal and radar control work) over the air space around Haneda and Narita Airports at the former. According to the MLIT, centralized control will make for effective use of the Tokyo metropolitan area’s air space and facilitate operational coordination, thereby making possible more efficient air traffic control.

Haneda’s old control tower will be used as a backup facility in case of emergency.

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