NARITA, CHIBA PREF. – The number of domestic and international passengers using Narita International Airport near Tokyo hit a record high in 2015 for the second consecutive year, the airport’s operator said Thursday.
The figure increased 5 percent from the previous year to 37.32 million, reflecting a surge in the number of visitors to Japan and an increase in domestic flights operated by low-cost carriers, according to Narita International Airport Corp.
The number of international flight passengers rose 3 percent to 30.6 million thanks to an expansion of new routes. In 2014, the international flight passenger figure was down on the previous year, affected by an increase in international flights at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.
Narita International Airport Corp. said the number of Japanese passengers fell 8 percent to 13.07 million in 2015, while foreign passengers increased by 23 percent to 12.49 million. Transit passenger numbers decreased 6 percent to 5.02 million.
Meanwhile, the number of domestic passengers increased 13 percent to 6.72 million, hitting a record high for the sixth consecutive year.
The total number of flight arrivals and departures grew 1 percent to 232,182, marking a record high for the fourth consecutive year.