Summer Narita airport users rise

JIJI

The number of people using Narita airport this summer is expected to rise 9.0 percent from the year before to 3.747 million, the first increase in two years, according to the airport’s operator.

The rise reflects the yen’s appreciation and a rebound in travel demand following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Narita International Airport Corp. said Tuesday. But the projection, which is based on the number of passenger seats booked, will still be 11.5 percent lower than in summer 2010.

Of those using Japan’s major international gateway, departures are estimated to account for 1.913 million, up 9.8 percent, and arrivals 1.834 million, a rise of 8.2 percent, the operator said. Guam and Hawaii are expected to be the most popular destinations for outbound passengers.

As for peak days during summer, the company said more than 50,000 people are expected to depart from the airport Aug. 11 and to arrive home Aug. 18 and 19.