A conference between Narita International Airport, nine surrounding cities, Chiba Prefecture, and the transport ministry regarding future plans for the airport was held this week.
The proposed new plans include adding a new 3,500-meter runway to be called runway C, which will be the third runway at the airport, easing restrictions on nighttime flight regulations, increasing three hours of takeoff and arrival times, and expanding the facility area from the current 1,400 hectares to 2,400, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Conference members said it is important to gain the understanding of local residents about the plans and give thorough explanations regarding countermeasures for noise issues that may arise from the new nighttime flight slots. Two recommendations are installing soundproof windows and requesting an increase in subsidies for further noise-prevention measures.
The changes will enable Narita airport to increase takeoff and landing slots from the current 300,000 to 500,000 a year, by extending runway B toward the north while adding the new runway approximately 3,325 meters long toward the southeast. The current curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. will be eased to allow departures and landings from 5 a.m. until 1 a.m.
Enlarging facilities to 2,400 hectares will mean that that approximately 200 homes will have to go.
The government believes the changes are necessary to make Narita more competitive with airports of similar size in other parts of Asia and Europe.© Japan Today