Haneda Upgrades to Streamline Flight Connections with Looming Int'l Landing Slot Additions

Haneda Upgrades to Streamline Flight Connections with Looming Int'l Landing Slot Additions

Haneda's International Passenger Terminal is adding a new Satellite with eight boarding gates.

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Japan Airport Terminal Co., Ltd., the company that administers and operates the domestic terminals at Haneda Airport, commenced maintenance and construction work on flight connection facilities at Terminals 1 and 2 on November 12.

An increase in domestic and international travelers making connections at Haneda is expected to accompany the additional 30,000 annual international landing slots that will come with the summer schedule beginning on March 30, 2014. The project will expand and upgrade equipment as part of measures to improve convenience, comfort and functionality for domestic travelers making connections at Terminals 1 and 2.

The construction will be at three locations: the north side of Terminal 1's central area (near Departure Gate E); the north side of Terminal 2 (near Spot 58); and the south side of Terminal 2 (near Spot 65). The work in Terminal 1 will add escalators between the arriving bus platform and the departures concourse. Terminal 2 will get new elevators and escalators to go along with upgrades to improve traffic flow between the arrivals concourse and bus lounge, new escalators between the bus lounge and departures concourse, and a partial expansion of the south-side bus lounge.

Work on new construction and additions continue as the jump in landing slots for Haneda Airport's International Terminal loom. Meanwhile the Satellite, with eight new boarding gates and aircraft parking apron spots, received a glass exterior this fall as preparations for next spring continue.

Japan Airport Terminal says the additional equipment for domestic routes is "to make traveling through the terminal a stress-free experience. Along with improving convenience for travelers making connections, this will stimulate air travel demand both domestically and internationally, as well as raise the airport's overall value." Construction is moving along on a 24-hour schedule and is slated to finish on March 20, 2014.