Narita breaks flight, passenger records

JIJI

Takeoffs and landings at Narita International Airport rose 7 percent from a year earlier to a record 226,182 in fiscal 2013, according to the airport operator.

In the year that ended in March, the number of passengers grew 8 percent to over 36 million, rewriting the all-time high, Narita International Airport Corp. said Thursday.

The record reflects an increase in domestic flights by low-cost carriers and steady growth in passengers from overseas lured by a weakened yen, it said.

Narita airport lost 63 flights per week after Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and two other carriers shifted flights to Haneda to tap a rise in international landing slots on March 30. But the impact of the Haneda expansion on Narita has so far been limited.

Between March 31 and Sunday, takeoffs and landings of international flights at Narita showed a year-on-year increase of 1 percent, but the number of passengers fell 2 percent, the company said.