Narita Airport reports record-breaking year as tourism skyrockets

posted on January 23, 2016

Passenger and flight numbers at Narita International Airport scaled new heights in 2015, the airport's operator announced on Jan. 21, providing further evidence of Japan's continuing foreign tourism boom.

The number of passengers using the airport reached a peak for the second straight year, at 37,328,213, a 5-percent increase on 2014, Narita International Airport Corp. said.

The feat was largely fueled by the sharp increase in the number of foreign fliers on international flights to 12,499,430 people in 2015, a 23-percent increase compared with the previous year.

The operator said the airport saw a 1-percent increase in overall arrivals and departures in 2015, amounting to a total of 232,182 flights. It was the fourth consecutive year for the airport to break its own record.

Narita Airport saw the introduction of a number of new routes last year, including an Ethiopian Airlines' flight connecting Narita with Addis Ababa, the only direct flight between Japan and Africa currently in operation.

International low-cost carriers, such as Taiwan's Tiger Airways and Xiamen Airlines, based in China's Fujian province, began new flights connecting Narita Airport with Taiwan, Hong Kong and other Asian destinations.

Domestic low-cost carriers also contributed to the latest achievement by introducing new routes and flights.

source by asahi
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