Narita set to open bizjet terminal

Kyodo

Narita Airport Authority said Friday it will open on March 31 a terminal for users of business jets.

The terminal for business executives and others flying into Narita aboard business jets is the first in the Tokyo metropolitan area, although Central Japan International Airport near Nagoya and Kobe Airport have such facilities, it said.

The facility, located in a building housing Japan Airlines Co.’s operations center near Terminal 2, will have its own lounge as well as immigration and customs.

Applications for the facility’s use will be accepted online from April 2.

The fee for its use will be ¥250,000 per arrival.

The frequency of business jet arrivals and departures at the airport totaled 1,350 in 2010, although the number fell to 530 last year in the aftermath of the March earthquake and tsunami that ravaged a wide area of northeastern Japan.

The number of business jets registered in Japan totaled only 55 as of December 2009, against about 18,000 in the United States.