"Japan's First" LCC Terminal at Naha Airport Opening in October Ahead of Kansai's

On July 31, Naha Airport Cargo Terminal announced that in October it will open an "LCC terminal" dedicated to serving low-cost carriers at Naha Airport.

Part of the cargo terminal is currently undergoing renovations to create a roughly 3,000-square-meter area for air travelers that will be offered to LCCs. The LCC terminal will have simpler facilities and services than a typical passenger terminal to cut costs for airlines and travelers. As things stand now, Peach Aviation Limited and AirAsia Japan Co., Ltd. plan to make use of the terminal, which will become "Japan's first" LCC terminal when Peach begins using it for its Kansai-Naha route on October 18.

Elsewhere in Japan, Kansai International Airport's new LCC terminal is scheduled to open on October 28. The Spartan facility will have no boarding gate waiting areas or boarding bridges. Instead, passengers will walk across the tarmac to board their flights. The airport has stated that this will reduce the "facility usage fees" paid by passengers on international flights by around 40 percent compared to the existing terminal, down to a rate of JPY 1,500. Narita International Airport is also planning to open a similar facility in FY2014.

Naha Airport will announce details about the new terminal as they become available.