Returning travelers flood planes, trains on Golden Week finale

May 6, 2015

Returning travelers flood planes, trains on Golden Week finale

Airports, trains and expressways in Japan continued to be packed on Wednesday as travelers returned from their spring getaways on the last day of the Golden Week holiday period. Reserved seats on shinkansen trains bound for Tokyo were nearly fully booked in the afternoon, ...

Saudis ponder cease-fire but pound Yemen's airports

May 5, 2015

Saudis ponder cease-fire but pound Yemen's airports

Heavy Saudi-led airstrikes targeted several airports Monday across Yemen even as the kingdom’s foreign minister said officials were considering a cease-fire to allow aid into the Arab world’s poorest country. In the southern city of Aden, more than 150 airstrikes hit the city’s airport, ...

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 ...