Narita Landing Fees To Be Reduced

This is nice and all, but if the Japanese government is to be a serious competitor in North Asia, they better think a bit more.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Narita To Cut Landing Fees Up To 50%
TOKYO (Nikkei)–Narita International Airport Corp. plans to lower its notoriously high landing fees by 30-50% for certain carriers in a bid to attract more foreign airlines and strengthen its status as a major international hub.

The operator of Narita airport, the main international gateway to Tokyo, intends to implement the change at the end of March next year. The lower rates will be applicable to new foreign carriers as well as to existing airlines that plan to offer more international flights.

The discounts will likely be offered for six months to a year, but may be extended by up to three years.

The airport operator will submit the new rates to the International Air Transport Association early next year for approval.

Landing fees at Narita were reduced for all carriers by 7% in November last year. When that program expires next March, the discount will either be scrapped or lowered.

A midsize aircraft must pay about 310,000 yen to land at Narita, compared with about 50,000 yen at South Korea’s Incheon International Airport and 180,000 yen at Singapore’s Changi Airport.

(The Nikkei Nov. 21 edition)

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