Narita to have 87 more international flights by fall

JIJI

Japanese and foreign airlines plan to add 87 international flights a week at Narita International Airport by the end of October thanks to open skies liberalization.

Airlines will be able to decide routes and the number of flights on their own. Narita is expected to increase its presence as a hub airport due to an increase in the number of airlines flying there.

On Oct. 26, when summer schedules end, the number of round-trip international passenger flights at Narita is expected to total 1,519 a week, up 6 percent from 1,432 on Oct. 28, 2012, according to the transport ministry.

Ministry sources said 43 of the 87 new flights will link Narita and cities in the United States.

United Airlines, which will open a route connecting Narita and Denver, will add seven flights, and All Nippon Airways will double the number of flights linking Narita and Chicago to 14, according to sources.

The number of flights between Narita and South Korean cities will increase by 21.

There will be 35 flights between Narita and Seoul, up from 28, with an increase by Korean Air. The number of Narita-Busan flights will triple to 21 as AirAsia Japan, an ANA subsidiary, plans to launch services on the route.

“Open skies at Narita will be a tailwind to achieve the target,” a senior ministry official said.