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Japan Looks To Upgrade Infrastructure Ahead of 2020 Olympics

 - October 17, 2018, 11:24 AM

With Japanese authorities expecting an influx of an additional 13 million tourists in 2020 for the Summer Olympic Games, up from the 27 million visitors the country experienced in 2017, the government is currently examining how it will handle them. The country is looking to ramp up customs and immigration infrastructure to meet that increased demand, according to Ryota Nagao, deputy director of policy planning and research office with the general affairs division of the country’s Civil Aviation Bureau.

In addition, he said the government plans to enlarge facilities at many smaller local airports to handle the overflow and general aviation aircraft relocation from primary Tokyo gateways Narita and Haneda International Airports, which are already somewhat constrained in terms of business aviation parking. Nagao told AIN that his department has just begun a study to determine specifically what will be required.

Since 2014, international business aviation movements in Japan have increased by an average of 14 percent each year, with 5,190 movements last year. Of that amount, more than 3,100 involved Haneda and Narita. The Kansai region (Kansai International, Osaka International, Yao, and Kobe Airports) saw another nearly 700, while the Nagoya region, which includes Chubu Centrair International and Nagoya Airports, accounted for another 400. Counting domestic flights, that number grew to more than 15,000 operations in 2017, with the Tokyo-area airports handling nearly one-third of that amount.

At Nagoya Airport, Aichi Sky Expo, a large convention center along the lines of Geneva’s Palexpo (which is host to the annual EBACE show), is expected to debut in fall 2019. The airport is also home to Mitsubishi’s MRJ assembly facility.