Chubu Airport To Add 2nd Runway

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Chubu Centrair International Airport in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, is planning to build a second runway that will allow tens of thousands more flights per year, it has been learned.

The runway would be built to the west of the current one, enabling the airport to handle as many as 180,000 flights per year, or 1.2 times the current 150,000 flights.

A new runway is needed to serve the rapidly growing number of foreign tourists, the sources said.

Coordination based on this construction plan is expected to move forward among the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, the Aichi prefectural government, Central Japan International Airport Co. and others.

The goal is to complete the runway before the Chuo Shinkansen maglev line opens in 2027.

A new runway would allow flights to continue coming and going when the other is being inspected or repaired, or in the event of an accident or other contingency. This would enable the airport to operate around the clock.

The second runway would be built 380 meters from the current one. While planes could not take off and land simultaneously, using the current runway for takeoffs and the new one for landings would improve safety and operational efficiency, such as when planes are waiting to depart, the sources said.

Plans for airport expansions are proceeding around the country to deal with the increase in foreign visitors.

Fukuoka Airport is moving toward building a second runway that could be operational as soon as spring 2025. At Haneda Airport, there are plans to increase the number of international flights and to expand the international terminal.

Fukuoka Airport hits a record high in passenger numbers
The preliminary figure for the number of passengers at Fukuoka Airport in Fukuoka city in fiscal 2018 is expected to reach about 24.84 million, hitting a record high for the 5th consecutive year.

The most recent final figure available for fiscal 2018 is about 22.56 million for the 11 months from April through February, while the preliminary figure for March came to about 2.27 million, according to the Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism Ministry’s West Japan Civil Aviation Bureau in Osaka. The total number of passengers in fiscal 2018 is therefore expected to surpass that of fiscal 2017’s 23.98 million.

The number of international passengers has more than doubled from 5 years ago to about 6.92 million in fiscal 2018. The increase in the number of foreign tourists is believed to be a major factor.

The airport was used by a then-record about 20 million people in fiscal 2014, and the number of passengers has increased every year since.

In fiscal 2018, Fukuoka ranked fourth in the number of passengers among airports in Japan after Haneda, Narita and Kansai. Among them, Fukuoka is the only airport with only one runway, and congestion has been a serious problem.





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