Japan's 1st LCC Terminal at Naha Airport Opens - Served by 2 Japanese Airlines
Naha Airport in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture opened Japan's first dedicated low-cost carrier (LCC) terminal in Japan on October 18.
Part of the All Nippon Airways, Co., Ltd. (ANA) Naha Airport Cargo Terminal, the 4,000-square-meter building has been remodeled to accommodate commercial air travelers flying with LCCs. The "LCC Terminal" offers Spartan equipment and traveler service facilities compared to a regular passenger terminal in order to cut costs for airlines and travelers. It does this by, for example, using a renovated transit shed leaving a flat and simple layout, having passengers board and deboard by walking across the tarmac between the terminal building and parked aircraft, and baggage handling without conveyer belts. Naha Airport is offering a facilities layout and free Wi-Fi and video download services to give the airport a unique Okinawan ambience.
Passengers can take the free shuttle bus that travels between Bus Stop 4 on the first floor of Domestic Terminal 1 and the LCC Terminal. The bus departs every 10 minutes and the ride takes 5 minutes each way.
At the time of the new terminal's opening, Peach Aviation Limited started to offer twice daily roundtrip service to Kansai Airportm and AirAsia Japan Co., Ltd. began flying daily to and from Narita Airport.
Elsewhere in Japan, Narita Airport is providing a temporary LCC terminal while Kansai Airport opened its standalone LCC terminal on October 28.