Narita Int'l Passenger Traffic Hits Record High in 2018

Economy

Tokyo, Feb. 1 (Jiji Press)--The number of people who arrived at and departed from Narita International Airport on international flights in 2018 rose 7 pct from the previous year to 35,352,033, hitting a record high for the first time in 11 years, the operator of the airport has said.

The growth reflected the launches of new routes linking Narita and overseas airports and an increase in flights on existing routes, on the back of a surge in the number of foreign visitors to Japan, according to preliminary data released by Narita International Airport Corp. on Thursday.

The total number of passengers who used domestic and international flights to and from the airport in the city of Narita, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, last year increased 5 pct to 42,601,130, marking an all-time high for the fifth consecutive year.

Of those who used international flights, the number of transit passengers fell 7 pct to 3,733,020 chiefly because major U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines is transferring its global hub functions from Narita to Incheon International Airport in South Korea.

The number of takeoffs and landings at Narita went up one pct to 255,003, hitting a record high for the seventh straight year.

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