Investing in the Future of ‘Air Travel’
Inside view of Haneda Airport Terminal 2
Haneda Airport has aimed to be a benchmark of efficiency and ease of travel for passengers since the company was established in 1953. The airport recently won the World’s Best Domestic Airport Award at the 2013 Skytrax World Airport Awards in Geneva, Switzerland. With the airport’s close proximity to Tokyo and trade between Japan and ASEAN increasing, Haneda Airport is ready for the future.
Since most international flights moved to Narita International Airport upon its completion in 1978, Haneda has been recognised for many years as the center for domestic travel. However, they re-opened their doors to international travellers in 2010.
“With over capacity at Narita Airport, the government decided to take on international flights to ease congestion,” says Takashiro. “Currently, no regulations for restricting flights are imposed on us, however, we initially started accepting flights within a range of 2,000 km from Haneda Airport only.”
Following strategic investments to the airport, the expansion of the international terminal will be completed by early 2014. The expansion is expected to accommodate the number of daytime flights up to 60,000 per year and will position Haneda Airport as the world’s third busiest airport.
In addition to the increasing number of business travellers to Japan, the government intends to increase the number of tourists by promoting Japan as an attractive tourist destination.
“In light of the fortieth anniversary between Japan and ASEAN, the Japanese government relaxed the visa application process to encourage travellers from the region”, says Takashiro. “Since last year, we have seen at least fifteen percent growth in passenger numbers coming from Southeast Asia. As trade between Japan and ASEAN increases, we would like to welcome passengers from the region and provide them with a truly unique experience at Haneda.”
Japan Airport Terminal’s President, Isao Takashiro holds the Skytrax award for world’s best domestic airport in 2013