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Three Airport Groups In Japan
First class airports
First class airports can serve flights between continents. There are currently five airports in Japan.
Second class airports
Second class airports can accommodate both domestic flights and several international flights. There are 24 second-class airports in Japan.
Third class airports
Serving domestic flights, there are 55 airports in Japan and three airports are under construction. Small airports serve the remainders of flights to central airports. Most of them are located on small islands and archipelagos.
List Of Fist Class Airports
Osaka International Airport
Osaka International Airport (IATA: ITM, ICAO: RJOO) is the first domestic airport of the Kansai part of Japan, including Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe. The airport which ranks first class often called Itami Airport (Japanese: 伊丹 空港 Itami Kūkō?) due to the most area of the airport is in Itami, Hyōgo.
However, the terminal building in Toyonaka, Osaka, the only airport entrance from Itami is through a long tunnel running down the runway and apron. Even so-called “international”, the flights of this airport are mostly domestic. Moreover, Kansai International Airport (27 miles) took over Osaka’s international flights in 1994 and competed with Itami for domestic passenger transport. Itami also competed against Kobe Airport, a smaller domestic airport (16 miles away) opened in 2006.
Tokyo International Airport
Tokyo International Airport or Haneda Airport (IATA: HND, ICAO: RJTT) is an airport’s name in the Ota part of Tokyo, Japan. It is one of the biggest and busiest airports in the world, the busiest airport in Asia (2007). (In 2004, the airport served 66,671,435 passengers.) People called Haneda Airport to distinguish it from Narita Airport in Chiba Prefecture. Narita Airport is responsible for almost all international flights to the area. While Haneda Airport is primarily domestic, with only a few international flights to Korea, China, and Hong Kong.
Especially, Haneda Airport served 64,211,074 arrivals in 2010. The number of passengers was Asia’s second busiest airport (after Beijing Capital International Airport) and the world’s fifth after Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Atlanta, Capital Airport, Chicago O’Hare Airport, and London Heathrow.
Regarding the total number of Haneda and Narita passengers, Tokyo has the third busiest airport system in the world (total number of passengers at Haneda Airport and Narita International Airport is 98,024,708 in 2010), followed by London airport system and airports in New York City.
Nagoya International Airport (Chūbu)
Nagoya International Airport (IATA: NGO, ICAO: RJGG) is an airport on an artificial island in Ise Bay, Tokoname City in Aichi Prefecture, south of Nagoya in central Japan.
In addition, it is the first international airport and the main international airport of the Chūbu (Central) region of Japan. The Japanese name “Centrair” stands for Central Japan International Airport, an alternate translation of the English name of the airport operator Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd.
Narita International Airport
Narita International Airport (IATA: NRT, ICAO: RJAA) is an international airport located in Narita, Chiba, the east of Greater Tokyo? Narita serves most of the passenger transportation to and from Japan and the main international air link between Asia and the Americas. This is the second busiest airport in Japan, the second largest cargo airport in Japan, the third busiest airport in the world. Furthermore, it is the international hub for Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways and is the regional hub for Northwest Airlines and United Airlines. In 2007, the airport served 35,530,035 passengers, ranked 24th in the ranking of the busiest airports in the world.
Kansai International Airport
It is a project designed by architect Renzo Piano on an artificial island inside Osaka Bay. The bridge to the airport is 3,500 meters long and the living room is 1.7 km long. Kansai International Airport (IATA: KIX, ICAO: RJBB), is Japan’s major international airport. The airport also named Osaka Kansai Airport (English: Osaka Kansai Airport). In 2004, the airport had 102,862 flights, of which 72,096 were international and 30,766 were domestic flights. The total number of passengers was 15,340,975 of which 11,162,533 were international and 4,178,422 were domestic.