Narita Airport offers upstarts free landing
TOKYO -- Narita Airport plans from April to offer free landing fees for the first year they fly out of the hub.
The preferential treatment is applicable only to carriers that meet requirements. One such term is that airlines launch direct services to cities that were not previously connected to Narita. Madrid, for example, is a major city with no direct Narita connection. An airway serving Madrid would get a free first year from Narita, plus a 25% discount on fees for the second and third years of operation.
Narita introduced in 2013 a program that offered up to a 50% discount on landing fees for new routes. This time, the target is new airlines. They will also be eligible for a 20% discount on landing fee, even if they do not offer new routes.
The operator of Narita hopes over the next three years to attract five airlines, including budget carriers, through the incentive. Currently, 90 airlines such as Japan Airlines and Delta Air Lines operate from Narita. However, there are more than 1,000 airline companies around the world, most of which do not operate from the Japanese airport.
The exemption would probably be beneficial for passengers, too, because it should result in lower airfares.