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Tuesday, 29th March 2016
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Conference delegates to benefit from fast lanes at Japanese airports

Visitors travelling to Japan for conferences and meetings will be able to benefit from fast lanes at two of the country’s airports.

From tomorrow (March 30th), such delegates will be considered VIPs and processed much more quickly when making their way through Narita and Kansai International airports.

These two locations have been chosen as they act as gateways to the important cities of Tokyo and Osaka.

Conference organisers and airlines will give those delegates that qualify special ID cards in advance to allow them to access the fast lanes.

Reporters descended on Narita Airport to see the facility at immigration ahead of its launch and to better understand how it will work.

An official from Narita International Airport Corp, said: “We want to enhance the value of Narita Airport by reducing the waiting time.”

Both terminals one and two at Narita will offer the fast lane service, with approximately five passengers per flight expected to qualify for the special treatment.

The idea was the brainchild of a number of government agencies, with the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry taking the lead on it.

It is hoped that the meetings and events industry in Japan will benefit from delegates being about to cut waiting times on what can be tight schedules for business trips.

Japan is not the first country to introduce such an idea, as London’s Heathrow and Singapore’s Changi airports both operate a similar system.