Facial recognition trials resume at Narita, Haneda airports

Sep 4, 2014

Facial recognition trials resume at Narita, Haneda airports

Automated facial-recognition tests are underway at Narita and Haneda airports in a stated attempt to reduce lines at passport control. The facial-recognition trials are also focused, however, on examining whether machines can accurately identify passengers not only when standing before a camera, but also ...

Sep 4, 2014

Virgin axes Narita-Heathrow route

Virgin Atlantic Airways is pulling the plug on its route between Narita airport and London’s Heathrow Airport. The final flight from Heathrow to Narita will depart on Jan. 31, while the last Heathrow-bound flight from Narita will take off Feb. 1, the British carrier ...

Narita hotels tap into new demand from early morning travelers

Aug 11, 2014

Narita hotels tap into new demand from early morning travelers

Hotels near Narita International Airport are seeing new business opportunities amid the increase in early morning flights operated by low-cost carriers. Three LCCs — Jetstar, Vanilla Air and Spring Airlines — operate their first flights of the day shortly after 6 a.m. Because catching ...

Struggling Skymark Air reportedly to withdraw from Narita airport

Aug 6, 2014

Struggling Skymark Air reportedly to withdraw from Narita airport

Skymark Airlines Inc., Japan’s third-largest air carrier, is considering shutting down its operations at Narita International Airport in a bid to turn its business around, industry sources said Wednesday. The airline operates six daily domestic round-trip flights linking Narita with Sapporo, Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, ...

Jul 1, 2014

Vanilla Air opens Narita to Amami Oshima route

Low-cost carrier Vanilla Air opened Tuesday a route between Narita International Airport and Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. The Narita, Chiba Prefecture-based unit of ANA Holdings Inc. also normalized its flight services the same day after a month of flight cancellations caused by ...

Narita Express train headed to Mount Fuji

Jun 17, 2014

Narita Express train headed to Mount Fuji

by Atsushi Kodera

The Narita Express railway service will run all the way to Mount Fuji starting this summer, offering travelers a potential way to skip the capital and its congested railway interchanges. The distinctive red and black N’ex cars currently link the Tokyo area to Narita ...

Haneda expansion a travel game-changer

Mar 28, 2014

Haneda expansion a travel game-changer

by Kazuaki Nagata

To counter cutthroat competition from hub airports elsewhere in Asia, Haneda airport will expand its international flight capacity Sunday when it takes the wraps off a more spacious terminal. The expansion is a serious move by Haneda, situated as it is in the heart ...