Haneda T2 to go international for 2020 Olympics
THE Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry is planning to allow both domestic and international flights at Haneda Airport's Terminal 2 from end-March 2020.
The terminal currently handles only domestic flights.
The move is designed to address expected increases in international flights and visitors ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.
Haneda's Terminal 3 is only for international flights but there is no room for expansion.
The government is therefore planning to expand Terminal 2 and create an area for international flights.
This would include creating dedicated entrances and exits, facilities for immigration screenings, duty-free shops and other places for international visitors to shop.
Seven of Terminal 2's aircraft parking spots - about one-third of the total - would be available to both domestic and international flights.
Domestic and international flights would use the spots at different times to avoid confusion in the terminal building.
The ministry hopes to increase the number of international flights at Haneda from 90,000 to 129,000 by 2020.
THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN/
ASIA NEWS NETWORK