The number of takeoffs and landings at Narita International Airport surpassed 5 million on Tuesday.
At 11 a.m., JAL Flight 413, bound for Helsinki in Finland, brought the tally of takeoffs and landings to 5 million. The plane's captain was given a bouquet of flowers at the departure gate prior to take-off. All 137 passengers also received a gift.
The number of flights in and out of Narita is expected to increase at a rapid pace now that a new terminal entirely dedicated to low-cost carriers has opened.
The airport opened in 1978 and was for two decades a battleground between riot police and farmers and radical groups opposing the government taking their land. In recent years, things have quietened down.© Japan Today