Tuesday, 31st December 2013
In Japan Travel News,
Haneda prepares for passenger surge
Staff working at Tokyo's Haneda airport are currently undergoing training to help them deal with an expected surge in passenger numbers of around 15 per cent, with an expansion in flight capacity set to come into effect in March.
As reported by NHK, air traffic controllers in particular are being subjected to rigorous tests in simulators so they will be able to guide up to 1,200 aeroplanes down the runway every day.
Capacity at Haneda has risen by 50 per cent over the past three years, making it the fourth busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger numbers.
It is expected that the additional flights will be extremely useful in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics, which Tokyo will be hosting.
There are two major transport hubs serving the Japanese capital city. Despite the extra capacity at Haneda, Narita is generally cited as the preferred option for foreign tourists due to its proximity to the town and superb transportation links.
Written by Susan Ballion
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