Tottori Airport bets on Conan to reel in tourists

Mar 16, 2015

Tottori Airport bets on Conan to reel in tourists

by May Masangkay

Can a boy detective succeed in luring more foreign tourists to a small western prefecture? Shinji Hirai, governor of Tottori Prefecture, sure thinks so. The boy to whom Hirai has entrusted his dream of promoting Tottori Airport and consequently Tottori, is named Conan Edogawa. ...

Feb 27, 2015

Narita airport reduces landing fees to attract new flights

The operator of Narita airport said Thursday it will cut landing fees for new international and domestic flights for two years starting in April, in a bid to better compete with airports in other parts of Asia. The promotional incentives will apply to new ...

Losing to Haneda, Narita airport charts a low-cost future

Feb 16, 2015

Losing to Haneda, Narita airport charts a low-cost future

by Ryo Hashimoto

Faced with a drop in demand from global carriers, Narita International Airport is increasingly focusing on domestic flights, particularly those run by low-cost carriers. The shift is inevitable. In spring 2014, the government increased the slots available at Haneda airport in Tokyo, and airlines ...

Fuji Dream Airlines announces Nagoya-Izumo route

Jan 19, 2015

Fuji Dream Airlines announces Nagoya-Izumo route

Fuji Dream Airlines Co. is set to launch a route from Nagoya to Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, to meet an expected increase in the number of tourists to Izumo Taisha, one of the nation’s oldest and most revered Shinto shrines. The new route was announced ...

Orix interested in managing Kansai International Airport

Dec 30, 2014

Orix interested in managing Kansai International Airport

Major leasing firm Orix Corp. is eying entry into the airport management business, according to its president, Ryo Inoue. The company is making final adjustments for its application with other companies to the first screening in February on the sale of management rights at ...

Dec 19, 2014

Air Do rapped for hasty promotion of trainee pilot

Transport authorities Friday ordered budget airline Air Do to boost safety standards after it promoted a trainee to a full-blown pilot despite worries over the person’s ability. Air Do, a tie-up with major carrier All Nippon Airways which links Tokyo to cities in Hokkaido, ...

Dec 18, 2014

Tourist tally set to shatter 13-million barrier this year

The number of visitors to Japan is likely to exceed 13 million in 2014, according to Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner Shigeto Kubo. The visitor count from January to November rose 28.2 percent from the corresponding period last year to an estimated 12,177,500, the Japan ...

Haneda soon to be third-busiest airport

Dec 1, 2014

Haneda soon to be third-busiest airport

by Michio Watanabe

Tokyo’s Haneda airport is accelerating its push to become an international hub and is expected to become the world’s third-busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic this business year. Haneda officials forecast that 73.4 million passengers will use the airport in the year ending ...