Japan Data

Number of International Flight Passengers Using Japanese Airports Drops to 2.5 Million in 2021

Economy Travel

There were 2.5 million passengers taking international flights involving Japanese airports in 2021, which was 15% of the total of 16.7 million in 2020.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic began, the number of passengers arriving from or departing for international flights in Japan had been rising, in part due to the steady increase in foreign tourists. In 2019, this number, which includes those making transfers, reached a record high of 103.3 million. In 2021 though, the figure had dropped to 2.5 million or just 2.4% of that. By contrast, the volume of international freight passing through Japanese airports in 2021 saw a year-on-year increase of 26.6% to 4.0 million tons.

By airport in 2021, Narita accounted for the most international flight passengers with 58.2%, followed by Haneda with 29.0%, Kansai with 10.1%, and Chūbu with 1.7%. Prior to the pandemic, Kansai had the second highest number of international passengers, but as many of these were tourists, the big drop in tourism meant a diminished share compared with Narita and Haneda.

Narita had the highest share of international freight at 64.7%, compared with 20.1% for Kansai, and 10.8% for Haneda.

The chart below shows the top 10 airports for total passenger traffic in 2021, combining domestic and international figures. Haneda had the highest amount of traffic with 26.6 million, averaging 72,000 passengers a day.

(Translated from Japanese. Banner photo © Pixta)

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