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Tokyo's Haneda Airport to boost capacity by 7m with new airspace

Addition to help with Olympic surge, but traffic still smaller than other Asian hubs

A new flight over Tokyo's residential area will significantly boost Haneda airport's flight capacity. (Photo by Makoto Okada)

TOKYO -- Japan's Haneda Airport will be able to accommodate 7 million additional travelers a year after opening new flight paths over the capital's residential area, a capacity increase crucial to handling a surge of visitors for the Olympics next summer.

Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii on Thursday announced that the new routes will open in March 2020, saying the airport has the understanding of affected communities. International flight slots at Haneda will rise to 99,000 a year in 2020 from the current 60,000. This translates to 50 additional flights a day.

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