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New Narita Taxiway and Apron Opening Mar 7 as Annual Landing Slots Rise to 270K

New Narita Taxiway and Apron Opening Mar 7 as Annual Landing Slots Rise to 270K

Airplanes landing on Runway B at Narita International Airport

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Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture announced on January 4 that it will begin using a new taxiway and apron (aircraft parking) on March 7 to raise operational efficiency on 2500-meter-long Runway B. This will be in time to handle an increase in the airport's number of annual landing slots that is scheduled to go into effect at the end of March.

The new taxiway will run for about 700 meters along the runway's west side and the new apron will cover around 65,000 square meters west of the passenger terminals. The new additions will be on land that had not been purchased due to citizens opposed to the airport. Narita will expand the number of annual landing slots from the current 250,000 to 270,000 by improving the operational efficiency of Runway B, which is primarily used for landings. The new apron will have 10 parking spaces, five of which will accommodate large aircraft.

Narita wants to raise its competitiveness and be an "Asian hub" by expanding functionality. Bilateral aviation talks with other countries have already led to decisions to open new routes and schedule more flights as Narita adds landing slots.

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