Dec 23, 2014

Narita passengers since 1978 opening top 900 million

The cumulative number of passengers at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture topped 900 million Monday, 36 years and seven months after the airport’s opening. Amid severe protests, the airport started operations with only one runway in May 1978. But the passenger figure grew ...

Ceremony marks 40th anniversary of Japan-China flights

Sep 29, 2014

Ceremony marks 40th anniversary of Japan-China flights

Japan Airlines held a ceremony Monday to mark the launch of regular flights between Japan and China 40 years ago. The ceremony at Narita International Airport reunited people who were involved in the momentous occasion, including members of past flight crews. The launch of ...

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 ...