Narita Airport is to be allowed an extension on the landing and take-off times of its evening flights, beginning Sunday. Narita city has granted the Narita Airport operator an extension to fly until midnight under certain circumstances, breaking its long-standing 11 p.m. closing time.
According to Narita city officials, the international airport will be granted an hour’s extension when flights are delayed by bad weather and in other adverse circumstances, TBS reported Saturday.
Airport operators say the change was proposed by Mayor Kazunari Koizumi and endorsed by the municipal assembly after a series of low-cost airlines were suspended for landing after 11 p.m. Koizumi told the press the new rule was introduced in a bid to remain competitive and maintain Narita’s status as the nation’s main air transport hub in the face of competition from other airports.
Flights are currently banned between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. due to noise concerns. Narita city government is currently considering a request by the transport ministry and the airport operator to open the airport to flights from 5 a.m.
Narita city government said that neighboring municipalities will be consulted and studies into the health effects on nearby residents will be carried out.