Narita plans budget carrier terminal

Kyodo

Narita International Airport Corp. plans to turn an existing building into a low-cost international terminal for budget airlines by March 2015 to attract such carriers, company sources said Thursday.

The terminal will have no boarding bridges but simpler interior equipment so lower fees can be offered by low-cost carriers (LLCs), they said. Passengers will use boarding ramps.

Since two new budget carriers are planning to launch domestic flights to and from the international airport for the Tokyo area this summer, the company has begun building additional facilities, such as bus gates and check-in counters for completion by December.

Jetstar Japan Co., an affiliate of Japan Airlines Co., is scheduled to start regular flights to and from Narita airport on July 3. AirAsia Japan Co., a joint venture between All Nippon Airways Co. and Malaysia’s AirAsia Bhd, will do so in August.