NARITA: CONTROVERSIAL OPENING ONLY THE START OF DIFFICULTIES

Besides the physically violent opposition from extremist groups that has delayed its opening for years, Tokyo's new international airport faces other problems as well, and, in fact, serves as an admonition to others on the need for long-term planning in the construction of major termini. Narita is extremely far from the city it serves (It is second only to Sao Paulo International in this respect), being 40 miles from downtown Tokyo and relatively inaccessible. The only means of public transport to the airport from Tokyo are a train to Narita City followed by a 20 minute bus ride or a direct bus route which can take anywhere from 70 minutes to an hour and one half. Furthermore, there is local opposition to a proposed fuel pipeline from Chiba, thus leaving Narita's ever having a suitable fuel supply system in doubt. Among the problems regarding flight operations at Narita is that of restricted air space, what with its being surrounded by three major facilities (Haneda Airport plus two air force bases-one American, one Japanese). It is feared that the intricate procedures required in such a complex environment could lead to pilot error, especially by foreign crews. Although most international flights currently at Haneda will move to Narita, the airport will be obliged to limit the number of flights far below its capacity because of fuel supply, air space, and curfew problems. Narita has also come under fire from the airlines for its high landing fees and its severely limiting the number of additional airlines that can use the airport.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 570-571
  • Serial:
    • Interavia
    • Volume: 33
    • Publisher: Jane's Information Group
    • ISSN: 0020-5168

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  • Accession Number: 00178734
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Interavia
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1981 12:00AM