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Narita and Haneda, the major airports serving Tokyo, set for large-scale capacity boost ahead of 2020 Olympics

The Japan Times

Japan's biggest airport, Haneda, is set to add 50 international routes per day as, starting in late March, the government for the first time will allow aircraft to fly over central Tokyo during the day. That would raise the number of international passengers at Haneda -- officially known as Tokyo International Airport -- by 7 million to reach 25 million per year, allowing the hub to leapfrog Kansai International Airport as the nation's second-busiest in terms of international passenger traffic after Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture. With the additional flights, the number of international passengers at the two giant airports serving the greater Tokyo area would rise to 57 million per year, putting it closer to rival Asian hubs Singapore (62 million), Seoul (66 million) and Hong Kong (72 million). "In terms of attracting foreign companies and improving the convenience of airports, Singapore airport is the model that Japanese airports have to emulate," said aviation analyst Kotaro Toriumi. "That's why they are beefing up international flights at Haneda. Transit passengers from abroad will also be able to easily enjoy tours in Tokyo for a day or half a day, since it takes more time to get to the heart of Tokyo from Narita."

Long-haul fight: Farmer wages decadeslong battle with Narita airport

The Japan Times

His farm is virtually surrounded by Narita airport, and jets from around the world roar down right next door to his rows of peas and radishes, whose green leaves wave in the spring breeze. "You get used to the noise," the soft-spoken 68-year-old said on his farm, most of which is only accessible via tunnels underneath the airport. "These are pieces of land farmed by three generations for nearly a century, by my grandfather, my father and myself. I want to continue living here and farm," he said. His fight, which is being waged along with a handful of other families, has proved a major headache for Narita, which marks its 40th anniversary this year.

Delta to shift all U.S.-Tokyo flights from Narita to Haneda in March

The Japan Times

NEW YORK – Delta Air Lines said Friday that it will fully transfer its U.S.-Tokyo flights from Narita International Airport to Tokyo International Airport at Haneda, which is closer to central Tokyo than Narita. The U.S. airline will transfer all of its flights linking Narita and five U.S. cities, including Atlanta and Seattle, to Haneda in March next year. The shift will make Delta the largest U.S. airline serving Haneda, with flights to and from seven U.S. cities. Delta will also abolish its service between Narita and Singapore next month and between Narita and Manila in March, planning to completely withdraw from flights using Narita. For Asia operations, Delta will utilize the networks of its partner, Korean Air, which uses Incheon International Airport near Seoul as a hub.

Narita ponders future after Delta's farewell

The Japan Times

The U.S. airline plans to transfer all U.S.-Tokyo flights to Tokyo International Airport at Haneda in March 2020, when new routes over the city will increase capacity. TIA is locally known as Haneda airport. The move may lead to other airlines reviewing whether to stay at Narita or shift to Haneda, which is closer to central Tokyo, industry sources said. North America routes have been Narita's advantage," a municipal official said of Delta's decision. Delta has used Narita as an Asia hub since the airport opened in 1978, including the period when it was Northwest Airlines.

Low-cost bus to link Narita with Tokyo's Osaki Station

The Japan Times

It will link Narita with Osaki Station in Tokyo's Shinagawa Ward, the companies involved said Tuesday. The bus aims to cut out the potentially time-consuming and expensive dog leg many travelers must make via central Tokyo. It is the first time such a bus service will link Narita with the southern side of East Japan Railway Co.'s Yamanote Line, one of the nation's busiest train lines. The route is expected to improve access from the airport to Tokyo's waterfront area and Kanagawa Prefecture, because trains bound for there stop at Osaki. The station is shared by JR East and Tokyo Water Front Area Rapid Transit Inc.