Delegates from Nagoya Airport are here at the NBAA Convention to promote the airport as Japan’s business aviation gateway. The field has seen a 32-percent increase in business aviation traffic, climbing from 90 movements in 2005 to 119 last year. This might not seem like much, but Japan has not generally been a hospitable environment for business aircraft operators since it holds pilots to airline-qualification requirements to fly there.
Early last month several hundred people attended a business aviation conference in Nagoya, Japan, focused on the planned opening early next year of Komaki Airport to business aviation. (For more on business aviation access in Japan, see “Washington Report” on page 102.) Among the speakers at the Nagoya conference was NBAA president Shelley Longmuir. Here are excerpts from her presentation.
A Canadair Regional Jet made history on February 17 when it landed at Nagoya Airport on the outskirts of Tokyo. The flight marked a first in Japan–a flight to an airport dedicated to business and commuter aircraft. Just hours before the CRJ’s historic landing, international airline passenger operations finished moving to the new Central Japan International Airport.
Japan’s Aichi Prefecture recently completed construction of the Central Japan Airport (RJGG) to accommodate airline demand for slots that was straining Nagoya Airport beyond capacity. While the new airport, more commonly called Centrair, is big news, it’s what the government did with the old Nagoya Airport that is even more significant.
Tokyo’s Nagoya Airport remained on schedule to become Japan’s first hub facility dedicated to business and commuter aircraft. The airport is expected to serve its last major airline flight at approximately 10 p.m. on February 16. All airliners will be ferried that night to the new Central Japan International Airport. The Aichi local government will take over operation of Nagoya at midnight.
In about a year Central Japan International Airport is scheduled to open, after which Nagoya Airport will focus on general aviation. A discussion on this development is one of several topics to be presented at a business aviation conference in Nagoya, Japan, on March 1 and 2. Sponsored by the U.S.
Asia and the Middle East are widely regarded as the world’s next big markets for business aircraft. After years of unfulfilled expectations, both regions are achieving impressive growth in terms of locally based fleets and overall flying activity.
Providing more evidence that business aviation is beginning to cook in Japan, Nakanihon Air Service and Infinity Aviation Group of Nashua, N.H., have teamed to introduce pre-owned midsize corporate jets into the Japanese market.
NBAA is soliciting proposals for 45-minute information session presentations to be provided during the 2007 NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forums. Information sessions focus on timely educational topics of interest to aircraft owners and operators, such as safety, maintenance, management, regulatory and financial topics. The cutoff date for applicants is October 31.
Presenting an update of Japanese business aviation initiatives, Masaki Nakatani, associate secretary general of the Japan Business Aviation Association (JBAA), said, “There has been a slight increase in the number of business aircraft landing in Japan between 2000 and last year (up to 15,113 from 12,782) but it is still not a common phenomenon.” He went on to explain that there are several reasons for the historic lack of business aviation in
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