Feb 22, 2017

Haneda airport sees record-high passenger numbers in 2016

A record 79.2 million passengers used Tokyo’s Haneda airport in 2016, up around 4 million from the previous record set in 2015, due to a rise in foreign visitors and the opening of new U.S. routes, government data showed Wednesday. The number of international ...

Feb 10, 2017

China to take fingerprints of all foreign visitors upon entry

China will begin taking fingerprints of all foreign visitors entering the country in a bid to improve border checks, the Ministry of Public Security said Thursday. The new system will be test-launched from Friday at Shenzhen airport in the southeastern province of Guangdong and ...

U.S. judge bars deportations under Trump's travel ban

Jan 29, 2017

U.S. judge bars deportations under Trump's travel ban

A federal judge issued an emergency order Saturday night temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to President Donald Trump’s travel ban. U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in New York issued the emergency order after lawyers for the American Civil Liberties ...

75% of Japan's airports lack overrun buffers: transport ministry

Jan 27, 2017

75% of Japan's airports lack overrun buffers: transport ministry

Runways at three-quarters of the airports in Japan, including its busiest gateways, Narita and Haneda, do not meet safety standards for preventing severe overrun accidents, the transport ministry says. The “runway end safety area” should extend at least 90 meters from the end of ...

Public areas of airports are the most vulnerable to attack

Jan 8, 2017

Public areas of airports are the most vulnerable to attack

In a post-9/11 world, American airports have taken all sorts of steps to keep travelers safe. But significant vulnerabilities remain. The attack that killed five people Friday at the Fort Lauderdale airport raised concerns about how to further protect travelers and what place firearms ...

Jan 3, 2017

Japan's air traffic control system to undergo major upgrade

The nation’s air traffic control system will undergo a major upgrade starting in March, with touchscreens replacing the current paper system. Government officials said Tuesday the new system will help airlines draw up more efficient flight plans as major airports plan to increase arrivals ...

Holiday exodus peaks, clogging airports, train stations

Dec 29, 2016

Holiday exodus peaks, clogging airports, train stations

The New Year’s travel exodus peaked Thursday as people jammed airports and train stations for destinations in Japan and abroad. On Thursday alone, around 50,000 people were expected to leave the country from Narita airport, 33,400 from Kansai airport in Osaka, and some 8,800 ...

Dec 27, 2016

Narita airport introduces fuel cell vehicle

The operator of Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture has introduced the use of a fuel cell vehicle. Fuel cell vehicles are powered by a chemical reaction between oxygen in the air and hydrogen in a tank installed on the vehicles. They are sometimes ...