Business aviation access to Tokyo is about to get easier. Beginning October 31, Tokyo's Haneda International Airport (RJTT), previously opened to business aircraft arrivals from overseas only between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., will allow eight slots for domestic and international flights (up to four arrivals) during the previously prohibited hours. Slots for nighttime arrivals remain unlimited.
Transport in Japan
An Airbus A380 test aircraft landed this week for the first time at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan, making it the 120th airport visited by the superjumbo airliner to date. During the visit, the aircraft confirmed Day One readiness of Haneda’s new international terminal by performing various airport compatibility checks.
In late 2005, Japan should have a new airport with facilities available for business aviation. The Kitakyushu Airport is planned for a man-made island to be established in the Sea of Suou at the northern tip of Kyushu. The Kitakyushu Air Terminal Co. oversaw the award of the design contract for the new airport, choosing St. Louis design firm Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum (HOK).
Japan has opened Tokyo Haneda Airport to international general aviation flights via 16 slots per hour, available between 11 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. daily. Outside those times, international flights will have to land at other designated airports to clear customs and procedural requirements before being permitted to fly to other destinations within Japan. Applications should be filed by the 15th of the month before the proposed date of flight.
For the first time in its history, Japan early next year will dedicate an airport to business and commuter aircraft. In February major airlines will vacate Nagoya Airport, on the outskirts of Tokyo, and move their operations to the new Central Japan International Airport. Nagoya is expected to be recast as Japan’s first hub airport for commuter and business aircraft.
Japan’s minister for administrative reform and deregulation has called for Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports to be privatized and merged and managed by a single operating company, arguing that the facilities would be run more efficiently in the private sector. The minister said he expects a privatization plan for the country’s main gateways to be approved by year-end.
Bombardier Regional Aircraft Customer Support is strengthening its presence in Japan in response to the growing fleets–and requirements–of CRJ and Q-Series operators in the country.
After many months of negotiations with FAA and Japanese aviation officials, Van Nuys, Calif.-based charter firm The Air Group has succeeded in its long-time quest to base aircraft (initially two Gulfstream Vs) at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
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.
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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