Representatives from Japan’s Nagoya Airport have traveled to ABACE (Booth H124) to discuss the airport’s convenient location within the country, and its suitability for business aviation travelers in the region.
Nagoya is one of the few airports in Japan to be considered business aviation-specific, as the larger Chubu Centrair International Airport was built nearby to handle the majority of the area’s commercial traffic. Little more than a two-hour flight from Shanghai, and less than three hours from Beijing, Nagoya Airport last year saw 13 flights originating from China, a number the authorities expect to increase as business aviation grows throughout the region.
For business aviation, centrally located 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. “If you compare with Haneda and Narita, they are much bigger airports,” noted Masaya Ueda, an executive director with the Aichi Prefectural Government. “We have a much more private environment.”
The airport, which is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., offers a dedicated customs, immigration and quarantine facility, staffed on demand 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 airport in Japan,” said Ueda. The airport is also suited as a fueling stop for long-range business jets from the U.S. East Coast, heading for mainland China. With a 9,000 foot runway it can easily accommodate the latest corporate aircraft, such as the Gulfstream G650. Larger aircraft carrying more passengers are currently referred to the international airport, due to constraints on the customs facilities, but Ueda said as demand increases, the airport will adapt to meet it.
As a spur to that demand, Nagoya has been designated as a “Special Zone to Create Asia’s No. 1 Aerospace Industrial Cluster” by the Japanese government, with several heavy industry manufacturers engaged in the construction of aircraft components and subassemblies.
With Tokyo designated as the site of the 2020 Olympics, the airport’s operators are already planning for an increase in operations.