Monday, 18th October 2010
In Japan Travel News,
Haneda airport upgrades revealed
Japan's transport minister has confirmed the increase in international flight handling at Haneda airport may help to boost tourism.
Sumio Mabuchi, land, infrastructure, transport and tourism minister, believes the recent opening of a fourth runway and the forthcoming new terminal will play an important role in encouraging more visitors to the region.
"I believe more foreign travellers will visit regional cities via Haneda by using extensive domestic networks as regular international flights start," said Mr Mabuci, reports AFP.
Haneda is set to handle international flights for the first time in 30 years as the country aims to encourage more tourism and compete with other Asian countries.
The airport is a 20 minute monorail ride from the centre of Tokyo and is closer than the current international airport of Narita.
British Airways recently announced plans to introduce a new service from Heathrow to Haneda in 2011.
Written by Susan Ballion.
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