CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence – Sendai Airport – Special Airport Leadership Award

The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) this year awarded two special Airport Leadership awards to recognise the community and industry leadership and teamwork displayed by Christchurch International Airport in New Zealand and Sendai Airport in Japan respectively in responding to uniquely challenging circumstances this year. “In the wake of Japan’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami […]

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Haneda Airport Resumes Comprehensive International Operations

Tokyo’s Haneda airport has resumed comprehensive international operations for the first time in thirty-two years, with services operating or planned to seventeen cities including Singapore, Paris and New York. The first flight, a Japan Airlines plane departing for San Francisco marked the resumption of the airport’s comprehensive international services. The expanded international services at Haneda […]

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Airports – The key to realising Japan’s potential in aviation and tourism

In the latter half of 2009, two young politicians challenged the status quo of investing in airport infrastructure with no regard to its cost, need, long-term viability, or the damage sustained to Japan’s position as a leader in the Asia-Pacific aviation market. Toru Hashimoto, Governor of Osaka, and Seiji Maehara, Transport Minister, have challenged the […]

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60 000 slots for international flights at Haneda airport from October, 2010

Japan’s new government continues to push to turn Haneda airport into a twenty-four-hour international airport. Mr. Seiji Maehara, Transport Minister, advised that at least half of the increase in new slots at Haneda airport will be allocated to international flights. A fourth runway is scheduled to open in October 2010, increasing the airports daytime landing […]

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Travel Agents To Make Push Against Y500 Airport Security Fee

TOKYO (Nikkei)–The Japan Association of Travel Agents will urge the Ministry of Transport and Tourism to reconsider the planned introduction of the so-called passenger security service fee at Narita international airport. Narita International Airport Corp. plans to charge 500 yen for each passenger leaving the country or making a transit, starting Nov. 16. The fee […]

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Kansai Travel Agencies Spooked By JAL Rehab Plan

OSAKA (Nikkei)–Travel agencies in the Kansai region of western Japan are not at all happy about the rehabilitation plans for Japan Airlines Corp., as the envisaged reductions of JAL flights from the area would play havoc with the overseas package tours they plan to offer. The airline’s plan as of September was to end or […]

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No Change In Roles Of Haneda, Narita Airports: Maehara

TOKYO (Kyodo)–Transport minister Seiji Maehara said Wednesday that Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture and Haneda airport in Tokyo will maintain their roles in handling international and domestic flights, respectively, after his plan to turn Haneda into a hub for international flights caused a stir among local authorities. ”Narita will play a central role (in […]

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Hurdles Ahead In Push To Make Haneda An Intl Airport

TOKYO (Nikkei)–As Transport Minister Seiji Maehara aims to transform Tokyo’s Haneda airport into a hub for international flights, he faces a slew of challenges that could hinder his plans. Since the opening of Narita International Airport in 1978, Haneda has handled mainly domestic flights. Since 2001, it has begun handling some chartered flights to such […]

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UAE carriers challenge Canada ruling

Emirates Airline is fighting attempts by the Canadian government to limit both its and Etihad’s access to the country, Gulf News has reported. Under Canada’s “open skies” policy, foreign carriers are supposed to be actively encouraged to begin services to Canadian destinations. The UAE-based airlines however, are currently limited to a combined six flights a […]

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