Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Better Private Jet Access Proposed For Haneda, Narita
TOKYO (Nikkei)--The government plans to improve access for private jets at Tokyo's Haneda and Narita airports, The Nikkei has learned.
Tokyo's hosting of the 2020 Olympic Games is expected to boost foreign arrivals of business executives and government officials via private jets.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport will propose at a meeting of aviation experts that facilities for customs, immigration and quarantine procedures, as well as transportation routes, be set up at Haneda exclusively for private jet passengers.
A project is already underway to expand Haneda's international terminal, and is scheduled for completion at the end of September 2014. The ministry wants to have its proposed private jet facilities and routes ready by then.
The proposal also calls for building at Narita a second route connecting the private jet terminal with the airport's parking apron. If realized, this route would halve travel time between the terminal and apron to eight minutes.
Both airports have long focused on allocating spots to regular commercial flights for airlines. "They have been ill-equipped to provide services for private jet passengers," said an official from the ministry's aviation bureau.
(The Nikkei, Oct. 30 morning edition)