Narita Airport, it's current situation and future vision
At Narita Airport, Open Skies facilitated increase in the number of destination cities as well as participation of new airlines, and domestic flights also increased because domestic LCCs started to use Narita as their hub.
With these developments, understanding and cooperation from the local residencemade the increase of departure and arrival slot limits to 300,000 annually and introduced flexibility in late night flight restrictions and non-stopping of automobiles at the airport area gates.
As a results, foreign visitors and domestic travelers volume has increased substantially and Narita Airport is contributing towards the development for our nation to become tourism oriented.
It is the air transport demand from Asia that will drive growth of the world airline market in the future.
The competition for attracting air transport demand from Asia has already began. Major Asian airports and Middle East airports are presently growing rapidly by capturing the growth of Asia market, including freight demand..
In this situation, Narita Airport is no exeption to the severe competitiion with the major Asian airports.
The major airports in the Asia region will carry out large scale capacity expansions between 2017 and 2019, which is anticipated to further intensify the competition for attrracting flight routes among international airports in the years to come.
Future demand projection of Greater Tokyo Capital Area Airport aircraft movement.
The government's demand projection.
(Demand projection of Greater Tokyo Capital Area Airports presented in 2013 at "Basic Policy Subcommittee of Aerospace Caucus, Council of Transport Policy")
The number of aircraft arrival/departure slots (domestic flights + international flights) at Greater Tokyo Capital Area Airports is expected to exceed the currently planned capacity in FY2022 in the strong and moderate growth cases, and in FY2027 in the low growth case. (The number is expected to reach 780,000 to 940,000 times in FY2032.)
Long-term demand prediction of Narita Airport (demand prediction of Narita Airport presented by NAA at the four-party council in 2016)
According to the demand projection made by the government and NAA, the number of aircraft arrival/departure slots at Narita Airport is expected to exceed 300,000 times a year in the 2020's, and reach 500,000 times a year from the early 2030's to the late 2040's.
Furthermore, according to demand projection made by NAA, at the time the annual number of aircraft arrival/departure slots reaches 500,000 times, the annual number of passengers is expected to become 75 million, and the annual air cargo volume is expected to become 3 million tons. (Results in FY2015 are; 235,000 arrivals/departures, 38 million passengers, and 2 million tons of air cargo volume.)
Effects of further capacity enhancement
By increasing the departure and arrival slot capacity of Narita Airport and capturing the growth of economically developing Asian countries through further capacity enhancement, this airport is expected to see significant increase of passengers and cargo volume and bring about various positive effects in areas around the airport, such as industrial development, infrastructure upgrade, and the improvement of living environment.