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Old September 24th, 2010, 03:59 PM   #61
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Tokyo Haneda and Sapporo New Chitose welcome the A380

Tokyo Haneda and Sapporo New Chitose welcome the A380
15 October 2010 [Airbus Press Release]

The world’s most modern and environmentally friendly aircraft, the Airbus A380, received a warm welcome when an Airbus A380 test aircraft landed for the first time at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan, making it the 120th airport visited to date. During the visit, the aircraft confirmed day-one readiness of Haneda’s new international terminal by performing various airport compatibility checks.

"I’m pleased and proud to be in Tokyo-Haneda to welcome the A380 for the first time. I look forward to seeing the Airbus flagship aircraft becoming a regular visitor here in Haneda for the decades to come,” said Rainer Brüderle, German Minister of Economics and Technology, at the welcome ceremony.

After Haneda, the A380 will fly North to Sapporo’s New Chitose airport, Hokkaido. This visit underlines the benefits for airports, airlines and passengers alike to operate and fly the largest and most eco-efficient airliner on domestic, regional or international routes.

“We are very pleased to have brought the A380 to Haneda for the inauguration of its new international terminal. It is an honor for us to be part of this historical event strengthening the role of Tokyo as a hub in Japan and as a key gateway to Asia. We believe the A380 will soon be flying in and out of Haneda and that it could also serve the world's densest route, between Haneda and Chitose, in the future as well,” said Stephane Ginoux, CEO of Airbus Japan.

“The smartest way to address airport congestion and simultaneously meet growing passenger demand is to operate a larger, greener, cleaner, quieter and more eco-efficient aircraft. Haneda International Airport as well as the A380 are set to bring these new standards to air travel, be it international or domestic operations. The A380 is part of the solution Japanese air transport needs to achieve sustainable growth, as already demonstrated by the three operators flying the aircraft to Japan today,” added Gerald Weber, Airbus Executive Vice President Operations.
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Tokyo's Haneda Airport gets its first Airbus A380 visit
Posted by Aubrey Cohen at October 15, 2010
http://blog.seattlepi.com/aerospace/...rom=blog_last3

Airbus' A380 landed Friday for the first time at Tokyo's Haneda International Airport, the 120th airport to accommodate the super-jumbo jet.

"I'm pleased and proud to be in Tokyo-Haneda to welcome the A380 for the first time," Rainer Brerle, Germanys minister of Economics and Technology, said at the welcome ceremony, according to a news release. "I look forward to seeing the Airbus flagship aircraft becoming a regular visitor here in Haneda for the decades to come."

The test A380 confirmed the readiness of Haneda's new international terminal by performing various airport compatibility checks before flying on to Sapporo's New Chitose airport.

Stephane Ginoux, chief executive officer of Airbus Japan, said: "It is an honor for us to be part of this historical event strengthening the role of Tokyo as a hub in Japan and as a key gateway to Asia. We believe the A380 will soon be flying in and out of Haneda and that it could also serve the world's densest route, between Haneda and Chitose, in the future as well."

Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Air France currently fly the A380 in and out of Tokyo's most-distant Narita Airport.


German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle speaks in front of an Airbus A380 at the new international terminal of Haneda International Airport in Tokyo on Friday. (TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)



Airbus superjumbo flies to Haneda airport for 1st time
(Mainichi Japan) October 15, 2010

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The world's largest passenger airplane, the Airbus A380, on Friday flew to Tokyo's Haneda airport for the first time to check whether the airport's soon-to-open new international terminal can handle it.

The superjumbo flew from France, where the manufacturer is based, to the terminal, which is scheduled to open next Thursday. The jet will head to New Chitose Airport serving Sapporo, Hokkaido, on Sunday.

During the stopover, various checks will be conducted, including whether the airport's passenger boarding bridges fit the double-decker wide-body plane's doors.

The jets are often too big for a taxiway and the number of airports that can accommodate them is limited. They also generate major wake turbulence when they depart and force succeeding planes to wait longer than usual before taking off.

Haneda is not accommodating A380 on the grounds that they could significantly affect other passenger flights during its crowded daytime operating hours.

But they could be accommodated late at night and in the early morning when the traffic volume is low, according to airport authorities.

They have been flying to Narita International Airport near Tokyo since 2008 on flights by operators including Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa.


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Prime Minister and Teen Idol Group "Arashi" present at the Ceremony of Internationalization of Haneda Airport (2010.10.16)

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After its current expansion, Haneda Airport can accommodate 90,000,000 passengers per annum. The airport currently handles 60,000,000 passengers per annum. What is included n the expansion is a new international terminal and 4th runway.
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The scale of the new facility is still far from posing a threat to Incheon, but it'd be interesting to see how it develops as Haneda would continue to expand further by allocating more slots to international flights.


ANA to `Grab Back' Japan Travelers on Haneda Airport, Accord With United

By Chris Cooper and Kiyotaka Matsuda [Bloomberg Oct 14, 2010]


Shinichiro Ito, president of All Nippon Airways (ANA) Co.,
poses with a miniature model of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
following an interview at the airline's headquarters in Tokyo.
Photographer: Robert Gilhooly/Bloomberg


All Nippon Airways Co. plans to “grab back” international travelers from Asian rivals by adding overseas flights at its Tokyo Haneda Airport hub and boosting cooperation with United Continental Holdings Inc.

The opening of an international terminal at Haneda next week will enable ANA to offer easier connections between overseas and domestic flights, President Shinichiro Ito said. Presently, the carrier’s and Japan Airlines Corp.’s domestic and international hubs are in different Tokyo airports almost two hours apart by train, which handicaps them when competing against Korean Air Lines Co.

“We aim to grab back passengers from Incheon,” South Korea’s biggest airport and Korean Air’s base, Ito said in an interview in Tokyo yesterday. The Haneda terminal is “something we’ve been eagerly awaiting.”

ANA plans to boost overseas flights 15 percent in the year ending March helped by the Haneda development and an agreement to cooperate on transpacific routes with United, the world’s largest carrier. The Tokyo-based airline, the maiden customer for Boeing Co.’s 787, is pushing ahead with the expansion even after the planemaker delayed delivery of the first Dreamliner into 2011.

“Expanding international flights is a good chance for ANA to keep growing,” said Ryota Himeno, an analyst at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., who has a “buy” rating on the stock. “Domestic growth has reached its limit.”


Haneda Flights

Haneda airport will begin handling flights to Europe and the mainland U.S. this month for the first time since 1978, when overseas services were moved to Narita, an hour’s train ride from Tokyo’s financial district.

Narita has missed out on surging travel growth in Asia, with passenger numbers dropping 6.7 percent to 32.2 million over the past five years. By contrast, the number of travelers using Seoul’s Incheon airport has jumped 18 percent to 28.5 million. The airport has helped link smaller cities in Japan with the U.S., Europe and Asia.

“We are monitoring developments at Haneda and will take necessary steps if and when the need arises,” said Kim Gi Min, a spokesman for Incheon International Airport. Seoul-based Korean Air is “monitoring the situation,” it said in an e- mailed response to Bloomberg News questions.

ANA, which expects to return to profit this fiscal year, rose 2.1 percent to 297 yen yesterday in Tokyo trading. It has gained 18 percent this year compared with a 9 percent slump for the Nikkei 225 Stock Average. Korean Air has jumped 33 percent in Seoul.


United Accord

ANA won antitrust immunity to cooperate with United and Continental, which merged this month, alongside a Japan-U.S. agreement liberalizing travel between the two countries. The ‘open skies’ deal will come into effect on Oct. 25, Japan’s Transport Minister Sumio Mabuchi said in parliament yesterday.

The cooperation will boost ANA’s network “significantly,” Ito said. Japan Air has agreed a similar tie-up with AMR Corp.’s American Airlines.

Ito declined to say how much financial benefit ANA may derive from the United accord. AMR has guaranteed that Japan Air will gain an additional $100 million annually for the first three years by coordinating flights and prices with American.

ANA plans to raise international passenger sales to 357 billion yen next fiscal year, compared with 274 billion yen last business year.


Haneda Codeshares

The carrier will also code-share on some Haneda flights with Malaysian Airline System Bhd. and Taiwan’s EVA Airways Corp. to help boost traffic, Ito said. The airline is adding flights to Los Angeles, Honolulu, Taipei, Bangkok and Singapore from the downtown Tokyo airport. Japan Air will add services to six overseas cities including Paris and San Francisco.

ANA may also add Haneda flights to London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam once it begins receiving its 55 on-order 787s, which are due to arrive from the middle of the first quarter of next year. Boeing delayed the 787 for a sixth time in August after Rolls-Royce Group Plc was unable to supply an engine to complete flight testing. ANA had expected to receive the first Dreamliner in November and to start overseas flights in March.

“We want the 787s to be our main plane for Europe,” Ito said.

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Narita Airport Plans Big ExpansionThe Yomiuri Shimbun 2010/10/14

Narita International Airport Corp. is planning an expansion of the airport that will involve the construction of a new terminal exclusively for low-cost carriers (LCCs), as well as the expansion of existing terminals to reinforce its role as an international hub, informed sources said.

The planned expansion is designed to accommodate an increase in takeoff and landing slots, which are expected to rise about 40 percent from the current 220,000 a year to 300,000 in fiscal 2014, the sources said.

By expanding the network for domestic flights and making connections easier, the airport operator wants to reinforce Narita's role as a hub airport partly to compete with the internationalization of Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

The airport corporation reached a final accord Wednesday on the increase in landing slots at a four-party meeting of the corporation, the central government, the Chiba prefectural government and nine municipalities near the airport. Based on the agreement, the company will decide on the expansions and the new terminals later this month, the sources said.

The LCC-exclusive terminal will most likely be built to the south of the 1st terminal. The airport operator hopes to see this new terminal operational in fiscal 2013, after investment of between 3 billion yen and 5 billion yen. Australia's Jetstar Airways is the only LCC currently serving Narita, but AirAsia X of Malaysia, a leading Asian discount carrier, will very likely begin flying to Narita, while other budget airlines such as Cebu Pacific Air of the Philippines are reportedly interested in serving Narita.

The airport corporation plans to halve the landing fees for any new international airline that serves Narita starting next spring, with the fee for a Boeing 777-200 to be a little more than 220,000 yen.

In fiscal 2014, when arrival and departure slots are expected to rise to 300,000 a year, no-frills airlines are expected to account for about 10 percent of all landings at the airport, making it necessary to build a terminal exclusively for LCC, an official of the airport operator said.

Meanwhile, the corporation also plans to improve the existing terminals. By expanding and linking the current two terminals as early as fiscal 2014, the operator plans to consolidate landings of the three major airline alliances to one terminal each. To be specific, the 1st terminal will be allotted to Star Alliance member airlines, including All Nippon Airways, the 2nd terminal to oneworld members, including Japan Airlines, and the terminal expansion for SkyTeam members, including Delta Air Lines. These consolidations will facilitate connections between flights operated by partner airlines.

In the meantime, landing slots for domestic carriers will be expanded from the current 20,000 a year to about 30,000. The airport operator plans to double the number of domestic routes at Narita from the current eight--including Sapporo, Hiroshima and Naha--to possible candidates such as Kagoshima, Niigata and Kitakyushu. This expansion will make connections between domestic and international flights easier, the sources said.





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EDITORIAL: Air traffic rises in Asia
2010/10/19 The Asahi Shimbun

The airport capacity of the Tokyo metropolitan area is growing rapidly in response to rising demand for air travel. The expanded capacity should be used to revive Japan's languid economy and revitalize Japanese society through a well-planned increase in flights between Japan and the rest of the world.

At Haneda Airport in Tokyo, a fourth runway will start operations Thursday. The number of landing and takeoff slots at the airport will be increased by 20 percent to 360,000 per year. The annual capacity can be lifted to 450,000 slots in three to four years.

The operator of Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture has gained the consent of local communities to raise annual slots to 300,000 from the current 220,000 in four years.

These developments have made it possible to increase the number of annual slots at Haneda and Narita to 750,000, up 40 percent from now. The huge expansion will greatly increase Japan's ability to deal with future growth in demand for air traffic.

Since it opened in 1978, Narita had operated just one runway for a quarter century. An extension to the second runway to sufficient length became operational only last year.

The delay in the badly needed capacity expansion at Narita eventually created momentum for huge government spending to increase the number of runways at Haneda.

This policy shift has raised concerns among Chiba Prefecture and other local communities around Narita that the airport could lose its status as the nation's international gateway. This worrisome prospect has been the driving force behind the successful campaign for 300,000 annual slots at Narita.

It is somewhat ironic that the government's aviation policy failure ended up paving the way for a capacity expansion that gives the metropolitan area the ability to supply sufficient air services.

Japan will acquire powerful air traffic infrastructure. The question is how it should be used for maximum benefits.

The government needs to adopt a more flexible civil aviation policy in response to intensifying international competition among airports. It will have to conceive and implement smart ideas to link the capacity expansion to its efforts to promote tourism and achieve other goals for its growth strategy.

It is, for example, very important for the government to take steps to attract low-cost carriers, which are expanding their presence around the world. Since there is strong demand for slots at Haneda and Narita airports, it is not necessary to allocate any to budget airlines from the viewpoint of the airport operators' bottom lines.

But giving more access to low-fare players would be an effective way to capitalize on swelling demand for travel among middle-class Asian consumers. From this point of view, Narita's decision to consider building a new terminal building devoted to discount carriers is a step in the right direction.

The AirAsia Bhd group of Malaysia, the largest low-cost airline in Asia, will start services between Haneda and Kuala Lumpur in December.

The trend will inevitably make things tougher for Japan Airlines Corp. and All Nippon Airways Co., which use Haneda and Narita as their bases. They will find it difficult to stay in business unless they increase their price competitiveness or upgrade their services to a level that allows them to retain customers despite higher airfares.

It is time for the government to shift the focus of its aviation policy from airport development to increasing routes and flights for a higher quality of services.

The latest round of heavy government investment in Haneda has been completed, and there is no plan to build a new local airport for now. That means the government can significantly trim its budget for airport development.

The money thus saved should be used to sharply slash the aircraft fuel tax and lower landing fees at Japanese airports, which are much higher than the international average.

The overall air traffic within Asia and the Asia-Pacific region is expected to surpass that in the North American or European market in 15 years.

Policy efforts should be focused on taking advantage of the enormous opportunity offered by vigorous growth in air traffic in the region, whose benefits could more than offset the effects of the harsh business environment for Japan's airline market.
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New International Passenger Terminal, Tokyo International Airport (Haneda)
Opening Day Information


The New International Passenger Terminal at Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) opens on Thursday, October 21. We are honored to advise the following schedule for the opening ceremony and other events on the day.

Location and Access

The New International Passenger Terminal, Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), 6-5,
2-Chome, Haneda Airport, Ota-ku, Tokyo.

○ Tokyo Monorail: Haneda Airport International Terminal Station
Keikyu Line: Please use Haneda Airport International Terminal
* All trains stop at this station.

○ Bus: Haneda is linked by airport bus to locations in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama.

○ Car: The International Terminal car park will be open from 4 o' clock.

Schedule of Main Events for the Day

04:00
Opening of International Passenger Terminal and car park

05:12
Arrival of inaugural Tokyo Monorail service at Haneda Airport International Terminal Station

05:28
Arrival of inaugural Keikyu Line service at Haneda Airport International Terminal Station

05:45
Arrival of ANA Flight NH1276 from Hong Kong. *First flight to arrive at the International Passenger Terminal

06:20 - 06:50
Opening ceremony, ribbon cutting, distribution of commemorative gifts.
Location: Vicinity of information area on the 3rd floor departure lobby.

08:20
Departure of JAL Flight JL091 to Gimpo. *First flight to depart from the International Passenger Terminal.

09:00
Tourism Information Center Opening Ceremony (Location: 2nd floor Tourism Information Center)

11:00
Commemorative events: Sanyutei Enraku Talk Show (Location: 4th floor Edo Stage)

13:00
- Welcome event co-hosted by Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo International Air Terminal Corporation
- Exhibition of traditional arts from Edo (Location: 4th floor Edo Stage) Four sessions at 13:00, 14:30, 16:00 and 17:30

13:00 - 18:00
Welcome event presented by Maiko apprentice geisha
Location: 2nd floor Arrival Lobby, 4th floor Edo Koji, 3rd floor Departure areas, etc.

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Editorial (Mainichi Japan) October 20, 2010
Expanded Haneda Airport should be fully used to revitalize Japan's aviation industry

The fourth runway and the new international terminal that have been completed at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda are scheduled to be opened on Oct. 21. The operations of scheduled international flights to and from Haneda will begin on Oct. 31, connecting the airport with 17 cities including those in Europe and the United States.

The number of slots at Haneda will be increased on a step-by-step basis. This is because air-traffic control will be far more complicated with two runways being arranged horizontally and the two others vertically.

The number of slots will be eventually increased to approximately 450,000 a year, 1.5 times the current level, and 90,000 will be set aside for international flights.

In the meantime, slots at Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture will also be increased from the current 220,000 a year to 300,000. Local governments and aviation authorities are apparently desperate to prevent the number of air travelers leaving overseas from Narita from declining as a result of the internationalization of Haneda.

In Japan, airports have been regarded as nuisances to the public for many years. However, such thoughts are now outdated as noise from aircraft has significantly declined and airports are now viewed as facilities indispensable for economic vitalization as hubs for passenger transportation and commodity distribution. The local community's acceptance of the slot increase at Narita is partially attributable to such changes in people's awareness.

Open Skies -- under which civil aviation authorities of various countries and airlines can freely set routes and fares -- is an international trend. However, Japan has been left behind in this movement because there have been limits to the capacity at Haneda and Narita, the key airports in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

In recent years, low-cost carriers (LCCs) have come to the fore globally one after another, stimulating new aviation demand. Japan has also been left behind in this trend. The share of the world civil aviation market by Japanese carriers has declined to about 3 percent, half the level Japan had previously maintained.

It is hoped that Japan's civil aviation authorities and industry will take the opportunity of the expansion of slots at Haneda and Narita to vitalize the aviation market in Japan. Preparations are under way to build a new terminal building at Narita Airport exclusively for LCCs. These moves should speed up efforts to win back air travelers and cargo that have shifted to Incheon Airport on the outskirts of Seoul and increase the number of inbound travelers to Japan.

In particular, the expansion of Haneda, which is closer to downtown Tokyo, is vital to increase Japan's competitiveness in the world aviation market. However, even though the number of international flights will be increased as planned, Haneda cannot compete equally with other major airports overseas as an international hub.

Slots can be further increased if aircraft are allowed to turn inland after taking off, in addition to courses toward the sea which is the current rule. The government should consider this option even though it requires consent from local communities and the construction of additional aircraft parking aprons.

Civil aviation authorities are required to address various problems such as the division of roles between three airports in the Kansai district -- Kansai International Airport, Osaka Airport and Kobe Airport -- and money-losing regional airports.

The fourth runway and the new international terminal at Haneda should be fully utilized to revitalize Japan's aviation industry and prevent airports in Japan from following in the footsteps of ports and harbors in the country, which have lost a considerable number of passengers and volume of freight.
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The International Terminal Building seems to be a fun-filled place.

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Nice video of the terminal!I am pretty sure this will revitalize Japan's aviation industry!
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Nice video of the terminal!I am pretty sure this will revitalize Japan's aviation industry!
Yes. While Haneda is yet to prove its performance in the international service, it has already brought the benefit that it facilitates the development of Narita Airport in order for Narita to remain competitive.
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Haneda airport's fourth runway, new international terminal open(Mainichi Japan) October 21, 2010

The fourth runway and the new international terminal building of Tokyo International Airport at Haneda were opened on Oct 21 prior to the start of scheduled international flights on Oct. 31.

The new D-runway was opened to air traffic at midnight and the international terminal was opened at 4 a.m. This puts an end to the division of roles between the two main airports in the Tokyo metropolitan area where Haneda was used primarily as a domestic airport and Narita was used for international flights.

The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry is aiming to develop Haneda and Narita into a single international hub. (How?)

The number of slots will be increased on a step-by-step basis as air traffic controllers gradually get used to their work, which will be more complicated with the layout of its four runways.

In about three years, the number of slots will be increased 1.5 times to about 447,000 a year, 90,000 of which will be set aside for international flights.

Until Oct. 30, only chartered flights to and from four East Asian cities will use the newly opened international terminal. However, scheduled flights connecting Haneda with cities in Europe, North America and Asia begin operations on Oct. 31 -- for the first time in 32 years. A total of 46 international flights will use Haneda beginning on Nov. 1. By next spring, the network of international flights at Haneda will be expanded to connect 17 cities in 11 countries and territories.

The government decided to expand Haneda Airport in 2000 in response to growing demand, as it was difficult to increase even domestic flights without building an additional runway and other facilities.

Approximately 110 billion yen was spent to build the 154,000-square-meter, five-story new international terminal building alone.

The fourth D-runway was built on the southeastern side of the airport at a total cost of some 600 billion yen or 7.4 billion USD!! ( in a bid to reduce noise pollution in the densely populated residential area situated west of the airport. One-third of the section of the runway on the southwestern side is built on a bridge in order to avoid blocking the stream of the Tama River as it is close to the river mouth.)

Two of the four runways are perpendicular the two others -- the first such system in Japan. (I am wondering if all 4 runways can be made active at the same time period.)

The takeoff and landing courses of different runways overlap in larger areas both on the ground and in the air, raising concerns about safety.


The newly opened international terminal of Tokyo International Airport at Haneda is pictured in this photo taken from a Mainichi helicopter on Oct 21.

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DAY 1 at the New International Passenger Terminal

It seems that the business on Day 1 was quite smooth, without any hicups like what Heathrow Terminal 5 or Hong Kong Airport had gone through at Day 1.








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Haneda becomes Tokyo's second major airport

TOKYO (AFP) – Tokyo's second biggest airport Haneda opened a new runway and passenger terminal Thursday, making it a fully-fledged international airport and boosting Japan's capital as an Asian hub.

The airport close to the city centre previously offered only domestic flights and some short-haul routes to East Asia, leaving it in the shadow of the larger Narita International Airport outside the capital.

Over the next few months, the new-look Haneda will launch new direct services to cities including London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Vancouver, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Bangkok.

The fresh start for Haneda aims to boost Tokyo's position as a regional air travel hub to better compete with rivals such as South Korea's Incheon International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport.

Haneda is set to eventually handle 60,000 flights and over seven million passengers a year, according to its operator.

The Japanese government, looking for ways to boost the flagging economy, hopes the convenient hub will bring more Asian visitors to the country, which is seen as punching below its tourism potential.

"We strongly hope that the opening of international routes at Haneda will help to raise the number of visitors in Japan," said a transport ministry official at the opening ceremony.

The Japan Tourism Agency aims to almost quadruple the number of Chinese tourists visiting Japan to 3.9 million in 2013, and in July eased visa requirements to encourage this.

Haneda will also provide slots for more low-cost carriers as it aims to muscle into the dominant role of Narita, which has been the country's main gateway since it opened in 1978.

Haneda, now officially called Tokyo International Airport, is a 20-minute monorail ride from central Tokyo, while getting to Narita from downtown Tokyo by rail or bus takes one hour to 90 minutes.

Because Haneda also flies 48 domestic routes, it will allow Japanese holiday-makers to more easily transfer to new international flights to take weekend trips to popular destinations such as Hawaii.

Singapore Airlines CEO Chew Choon Seng said at Haneda: "The possibility of transiting with domestic lines is an important advantage".

Japan's two main carriers -- All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines -- look to use Haneda to their advantage as an imminent "Open Skies" agreement will liberalise travel between Japan and the United States.

But there has been concern among foreign carriers that flights can only leave for the United States and Europe between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am.

Industry players also complain that Japan is one of the world's most expensive places to land, with surcharges around 26,000 yen (320 dollars) per kilolitre of fuel, far above London's Heathrow or New York's JFK Airport.

Japanese low-cost carriers such as Skymark have been unable to offer the kind of heavily discounted fares associated with budget airlines in the United States and Europe due to high operating costs.

The first jet to land at Haneda's new fourth runway was an All Nippon Airways flight from Hong Kong with 202 passengers, who walked into the new terminal designed with red paper lanterns in a historic old-Tokyo style.
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I was on that first flight from Hong Kong. ha ha.
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I was on that first flight from Hong Kong. ha ha.
You can rate the airport experience via the following link:

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