Haneda Opens Terminal 2 Expansion with Unique "No-Step" Boarding Bridges

Haneda Opens Terminal 2 Expansion with Unique

The newly developed "No-Step" Boarding Bridge at Haneda.

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The South Pier expansion at Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal 2 in Ohta Ward, Tokyo opened on April 8. It has the latest in airport facilities, including barrier-free boarding bridges.

This is the final stage of gradual expansions that have been built since the terminal first opened in 2004. The new three-story structure jutting out of the building's south end has a floor space of around 10,500 square meters. Utilizing the three additional spots (aircraft boarding gates) will give the terminal a total of 23 permanent gates. This is raising the ratio of flights employing portable boarding bridges (PBBs) from 82% to 88%, thus offering travelers greater convenience.

The three new spots (Gates 71-73) will have six PBBs featuring the latest in universal design, something one can find only at Haneda Airport and nowhere else in the world. The lack of steps on the floors of the retractable walkways connecting the building with aircraft doors make traversing them easier for travelers in wheelchairs and the like. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Transportation Equipment Engineering & Service Co., Ltd. developed the PBBs after taking a hint from the design of conveyor belt-like "moving walkways." The bridges demonstrate the Japanese manufacturer's advanced technological prowess.

The central part in the expansion's waiting area is a wide-open space with a mostly white design. The structure lets in plenty of natural light and uses the state-of-the-art audio equipment (featuring 30 channels) to create an ambience like that of a Japanese bamboo forest. A source at the terminal said, "It produces a high-quality environment unseen at other Japanese airports." At the nine large counters, travelers can spend their time as they like eating or on the computer.

Four airlines including All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) will use the new facility.