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Haneda Airport to Expand Int’l Landing Slots by 90K Annually - Final Report by MLIT Growth Strategy Counci

Haneda Airport to Expand Int’l Landing Slots by 90K Annually - Final Report by MLIT Growth Strategy Counci

Haneda Airport's new international passenger terminal under construction.

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On April 13, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) announced that in 2013, Haneda Airport plans to expand the annual number of international landing slots by 90,000 to accompany the October opening of Runway D, the airport’s fourth runway now under construction.

The objective is one of the “important points” in the final report by the ministry’s Growth Strategy Council requested by Minister Maehara. The 90,000 slots will include 30,000 for daytime flights on routes to nearby Asian destinations, 30,000 nighttime slots for all areas including North America and Europe and another 30,000 daytime slots for all international routes.

Commercial flights to North America and Europe will also be possible on the additional slots that will “allow Haneda to cope with high demand for international air travel in the Tokyo metropolitan area that is turning the airport into a ’24-hour international hub,’ while improving its capabilities as a domestic and international hub by making use of domestic route network.”

The report includes objectives such as examinations into further improving capacity at Tokyo-area airports along with the expansions at Haneda, as well as attracting low-cost carriers (LCCs) to dedicated terminals at hub airports.

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