Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The Haneda airport, official name “Tokyo international airport”, in Tokyo Ota ward, is one of the two major airports that service the Gran Tokyo Area.
The airport opened in 1931 as an international airport and the biggest in Japan. Amidst the high economic growth period of the ‘60s the port reached its limit, creating great congestion. Due to cost and technical issues, the construction of a new airport was selected over expanding it.
In 1978 the Narita Airport opened for International flights, and Haneda handled mostly only domestic flights.
In 2008 the airport with 66,754,829 passengers was the 4th busiest in the world after Atlanta, Chicago and London (currently 5th after Beijing), currently with 2 terminals and 3 runways it handles most of the domestics flights and international flights from Seoul, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
A fourth Runway is under construction and is projected to become operational in early 2010, with this expansion the airport plans to double its international flights, with new slots for European and other international destinations, additionally with operations when narita is closed between 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. the area, the airports will provide an integrated 24-hours service.