The transport ministry has drawn up plans to build a new subway bypass line and station that would directly connect central Tokyo with Narita and Haneda airports and slash travel times.
The new 11-km section would reduce the current traveling time to Narita by 13 minutes and shave three minutes off the trip to Haneda. The ministry projects that traveling via limited express from an envisioned terminal to be built next to Tokyo Station to Narita International Airport would take just 37 minutes, while trips to Haneda airport would be trimmed to 22 minutes.
The new ¥400 billion subway project is seen boosting Japan’s tourism industry, as it would make it easier for overseas visitors to travel between the airports and central Tokyo and facilitate travel to other parts of the country via shinkansen from Tokyo Station.
The ministry projects that around 10 million passengers would use the new line each year, which would be constructed as a bypass on the existing Toei Asakusa line, the officials said.
The central government, railway and subway operators, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government would each cover one-third of the costs under the plan.