As part of Japan’s resolve to get back on its feet after the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the eastern part of the country in April, Nagoya Airport has come to the NBAA show (Booth No. C8026) to make it clear that it is perfectly safe to travel to Japan. Officials with the local Aichi Prefecture are stressing that the region is not subject to unsafe levels of radioactivity from the Fukushima nuclear power station, which is more than 260 miles away to the northeast.
What’s more, Nagoya still contends that it is the most convenient gateway for business aircraft to enter Japan, or even just to make a quick technical stop. Tokyo’s airports remain very user-unfriendly for business aircraft operators and their passengers.
Nagoya, located in the center of Japan, is about 160 miles west of the capital but with open access and plenty of space for business aircraft, it makes a fair case for being a better option overall. Via high-speed bullet train, the ride into downtown Tokyo takes just an hour and 40 minutes–a longer ground transfer than from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, but at least operators are assured of being able to land and take off with flexibility. The airport, which is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. also is just 68 miles from the city of Kyoto, served by the Osaka and Kansai airports, which also are problematic for business aircraft operations.
Nagoya Airport, which has a main runway just under 9,000 feet in length, offers business aircraft a dedicated ramp area directly in front of its executive terminal and separate from the terminal used for airline operations. Customs and immigration services procedures can be completed at the same site and travelers can be heading out of the terminal within 15 to 20 minutes of landing. This is far quicker than at Tokyo’s airports, and the transit time to the center of Nagoya (for connections to the bullet train) is just 15 minutes, with onward services to Tokyo.
Ground-handling services, including arrangements for helicopter charters, are available from local FBOs Nakanihon Air Service and Aero Asahi Corp. Here in Las Vegas, Nagoya Airport is represented by its new director and officials from the Aichi Prefecture, the local government body that has owned it for the past five years.
Landing charges run from approximately $10.50 per metric ton for jets weighing up to 25 metric tons (55,114 pounds). For instance, it would cost approximately $670 to land a Bombardier Global Express and $254 for a Learjet 31. Use of the terminal for passengers is charged at approximately $114 per hour and a conference room is available for the same rate.
Aircraft parking charges are far less than at the Tokyo airports and there are no restrictions on the duration of a stay. Congestion and slot issues have become so serious for operators heading to Japan that some have had to reposition aircraft remotely at locations such as Guam and the Philippines.