• Jiji


The number of air travelers leaving Japan from Narita International Airport from May 1 to May 23 tumbled 98.7 percent from a year before amid the coronavirus pandemic, the airport operator said Thursday.

The number slumped to 11,800 due mainly to entry restrictions imposed by many countries.

In April, the number of takeoffs from and landings at the airport in Chiba Prefecture fell 67 percent to 7,283, according to preliminary data released by Narita International Airport Corp.

A total of 141,021 passengers used the airport in the month, down 96 percent.

International passengers decreased 98 percent to a record low of 69,849, surpassed by domestic flyers for the first time since the airport opened in 1978. The domestic number, however, was down 88 percent at 71,172.

The volume of international cargo handled at the airport fell 15 percent to 144,533 tons. Fuel supplies to aircraft dropped 67 percent to 128,573 kiloliters.

The airport operator released additional support measures worth ¥23 billion for carriers and tenants, such as fee payment moratoria and rent cuts.

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