Representatives from Nagoya Airport are here at NBAA (Booth No. C11635) to discuss its convenient location within Japan and its suitability for business aviation travelers. Nagoya is one of the few airports in the country to be considered business-aviation specific, as the larger Central Japan International Airport was built nearby to handle the bulk of the area’s commercial traffic.
Nagoya has been designated as a “Special Zone to Create Asia’s No. 1 Aerospace Industrial Cluster” by the Japanese government, and the airport will be the site of final assembly, flight test and delivery for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet, which will be Japan’s first indigenous airliner. Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Fuji Heavy Industries, which supply 35 percent of the parts product for Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, also have factories in the area, which is home to Toyota as well.
For business aviation operations Nagoya is removed from the congestion of the Tokyo area yet, due to its central location, it is easily connected to the capital and to hubs such as Osaka and Kyoto by high-speed train.
The airport, which is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., offers a dedicated customs, immigration and quarantine facility for international business arrivals, and ground handling is supplied by two FBOs: Nakanihon Air Service and Aero Asahi. The business aviation terminal is centrally located, less than 300 feet from the ramp, and aircraft can taxi directly to their own parking spaces under their own power. “Nagoya Airport in Aichi Prefecture is, I think, the most convenient and most user-friendly business aircraft airport in Japan,” said Masaya Ueda, an executive director with the Aichi Prefectural government. He noted that the landing permit approval process at Nagoya has recently been streamlined from a week to three days; a further decrease to 24 hours is pending.