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Record number of passengers used Narita airport in first half of year

JIJI

The number of passengers using Narita International Airport near Tokyo in January to June rose 5 percent from a year earlier to 21,673,022, hitting a record high for the sixth straight first-half period, its operator said Thursday.

The total number of takeoffs and landings at the airport in Chiba Prefecture gained 4 percent to hit 129,596, marking a record high for the fourth consecutive first-half period, Narita International Airport Corp. said.

The increases came as airlines, mainly low-cost carriers, launched routes or added flights at the airport amid strong demand for travel to Japan.

International cargo volume dropped 12 percent to 983,634 tons amid U.S.-China trade tensions. Fuel supplies for aircraft grew 2 percent to reach 2,249,506 kiloliters.

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