Friday, May 27, 2011

Foreign Passengers Using Narita Drops 63% for Biggest Drop Ever!

This information just in that further confirms what the chairman of the Association of Tourism and Representatives (ANTOR) told me the other day. The Yomiuri newspaper reports that foreign passengers using Narita airport are down 63% since the earthquake of March 11. Here's a quick translation:  


Narita Foreign Passengers Down 63%
Yomiuri Newspaper

The number of foreign passengers on international flights using Narita airport in April has dropped 63% compared to April a year earlier. It was the largest ever drop.  

The earthquake, tsunami and problems in eastern Japan along with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident further reduced travelers using the airport by 34%..



Of course, not all of this drop can be attributed to the earthquake as many international carriers began overseas service out of the more convenient Haneda airport nearer central Tokyo, but this is still a massive drop and a surprise to all.



 成田国際空港会社は26日、国際線を利用した4月の外国人旅客数は32万1625人と前年同月比63%減となり、過去最大の下げ幅になったと発表した。

東日本大震災や福島第一原発事故の影響で、34%減だった3月からさらに落ち込んだ。

1 comment:

Murasaki Shikibu said...

When I was a kid we always flew into Haneda until they built Narita. My grandparents would hire out a taxi and pick us up. If I can get a flight in and out of Haneda I would do it every time but usually, the flight coming into Japan tends to land in Narita and my flight back to Paris is from Haneda. It's just so much closer to home.