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Facts about the Haneda Airport


Facts about the Haneda Airport

The Haneda Airport, also called as the Tokyo International Airport, is one of the principal airports that serve the Greater Tokyo Area and is considered as the principal base of Japan’s two major domestic airlines, Terminal 1 Japan Airlines, Terminal 2 All Nippon Airways and at the same time, the Air Do, Skymark Airlines, Solaseed Air, and StarFlyer.

From 1978 to 2010, the Haneda Airport was the principal international airport that handles and serves Tokyo, Japan. Domestic flights to and from Tokyo is being handled by Haneda. Also, the Haneda Airport caters scheduled chartered flights to a minimal number of big and major cities in the East Asia.

Haneda Airport is considered as the third busiest airport in Asia and the fourth busiest airport in the world following Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport (busiest airport in Asia) and Dubai International Airport.  Estimated passengers per year after the expansion in 2010 are 90 million.

During the empire war era in 1931, the Haneda Airfield was first opened on a small piece of Bayfront land at the south end of current’s airport complex. At the time it was build up, it was named as the largest civil airport in Japan. Tachikawawas replaced from the army air base as the primary operating base of Japan Air Transport and the country’s flag carrier. It was on August 25, 1931 the first flight from the airport.

During the U.S Occupation, on September 12, 1945, when General Douglas Mac Arthur considered as the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers and the head of the occupation of Japan, which followed World War II, organized and ordered Haneda to be turned over to the occupation forces. On the next day, he renamed the airport as Haneda Army Base Airport and ordered immediately the residents to vacate the area to make room for different construction projects, including the project in extending one runway.On September 21, 1945, within the next 48 hours, more than 3,000 residents received the order to vacate the place immediately.

During the International era in 1951, Japans flag carrier the Japan Airlines took its first domestic operations. For a few post-war years, the Haneda Airport did not have a passenger terminal building. In the year 1950, the European carriers began service to Haneda.

During the Domestic era in 1978, almost all of the international flights were moved from Haneda Airport to Narita Airport. Due to the political conflict between the Republic of China and the People’s Republic of China, the airlines that was based in China still uses Haneda Airport for many years.

Japan and the People’s Republic of China, sometime in December 2007, made a basic agreement on opening chartered flights between the Haneda Airport and Beijing Nanyuan Airport.

In October 2010, the completion of the third terminal for international flights was successfully done. An international air cargo facility was also constructed nearby the airport. Also during this year, the fourth runway, which is also called as D Runway was constructed and totally completed.