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Narita to get third runway



The Japanese transport ministry , the Chiba Prefecture and local authorities in the area have granted permission for a third runway to be built at Tokyo Narita Airport.

The plans involve construction of a 11,483ft (3,500m) Runway C, parallel to the existing pair.  It will be to the east of the central terminal area, and is likely to be completed by 2028.  The airport is also proposing to extend Runway B by 3,281ft (1,000m) – bringing it too to 11,483ft (3,500m) – with work being completed by 2020.  At that time, the facility’s operating hours would be extended at the beginning and end of each day, enabling aircraft movements to take place between 05:00hrs and 00:30hrs – operations are currently restricted to the period between 06:00hrs and 23:00hrs.

Narita International Airport Corporate claim the agreements have been reached following years of negotiation, and will address peak time congestion as well support traffic growth by increasing the number of slots available each year from 350,000 to 460,000m.  The airport will then be able to handle 75m ppa, which it expects to reach between 2035 and 2040.

Picture: Construction of a third runway at Tokyo Narita has taken a step forward following approval of the project by local authorities.  (Wikimedia Commons / Nanashinodensyaku)

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