Pacific From Hong Kong, joined Mar 2000, 1032 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4431 times:
I flew from Narita yesterday and the plane taxied to the further runway despite the fact that the old runway was also being used for some departures. As you can see in the picture below, we took an extremely long route and we finally took to the air more than 35 minutes after pushback.
I just have to keep wondering...why? A CX 1st officer made a half sarcastic comment about farmers when he saw this...
CX flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6340 posts, RR: 56 Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4357 times:
Pacific, May I ask what airline and flight number you were on?
It was/is indeed the farmers that are restricting the growth of Narita. On the right of your picture, you can see the farm that is in the middle of where the runway should be. Because of this farm, and the laws in Japan that cannot force the farmer to sell the land, the 2nd runway is not as long as the airport authorities would like, and is restricted to certain aircraft types only.
When the 2nd runway (Actually the 3rd...they abandoned the 2nd one half built because of another farmer) opened, the new slots that became available were given out for the use of that runway only, and therefore in a strange sort of way, the two runways are operated almost as if they are two seperate airports. The pilots cannot request the other runway if they so wish. if your flight was one assigned to use the short runway, then the long taxi is what you unfortunately have to suffer.
TokyoNarita From Palau, joined Aug 2003, 570 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4331 times:
Chances are good if you are on a shorthaul (say within Asia) B777 or smaller you will be assigned the short runway for takeoff. The long runway is tightly slot restricted for longhauls that requires the length.
Jsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1855 posts, RR: 17 Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4274 times:
It is unreal to think that a handful of farmers have Narita hamstrung to the degree they do.
At least they finally opened the second runway... a pathetic 6500-foot runway that can only handle two-holers. The runway is supposed to be 10,000 feet long, and the second part of it has already been completed. The middle third of it, however, is taken up by a farm.
Last I heard the Japanese government was still negotiating with this farmer, in the hopes that someday NRT can have two full-length runways. The third diagonal crosswind runway has been abandoned forever - it will be used only as a taxiway.
Such a shame. If only someone could go back in time to the late 1960s and convince the Japanese government not to waste their time with NRT.
Carfield From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1727 posts, RR: 9 Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4274 times:
Well since CX 521 is the additional flight opened up due to the new runway, it has to use that new runway for takeoff and landing everyday except weather situation-- in addition to some short haul aircraft... when I flew Asiana into AA), Japan">NRT from ICN, our OZ 767 used the new runway as well. Even some United/AA Boeing 777s landed at that new runway, I flew in on an AA flight from DFW once. I was surprised that we used the shorter new runway... the pilots stepped hard on the brake after touching down and we used the whole runway. What an experience!
JoFMO From Germany, joined Jul 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4240 times:
I landed last year on the new runway with an OS A340 from VIE. We only had to taxi to T2, but even that took a while.
Like you can see the taxiway parallel to the new runway is not straight and becomes too near to the runway. So we couldn't taxi on to the terminal and had first to wait for another two landings on runway2 before we could move on.
Does anyone know how long runway2 is and what aircrafts it can handle?
TokyoNarita From Palau, joined Aug 2003, 570 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4215 times:
You can expect continuous Haneda growth in the next five years or so.
The new terminal in Haneda will open in December. The new runway contruction plan is underway expected to be ready by 2009...The Japanese will have to allow more international traffic out of Haneda because of its convenience..and this will not only be limited to Korea but also probably Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan and Guam etc.
Continuous effort has been made to expand the short runway to about 9000-10000 ft range but just don't know how long this is going to take.
Jsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1855 posts, RR: 17 Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4016 times:
TokyoNarita makes a good point... the expansion that Haneda has undergone in the past decade is nothing short of amazing... basically, an entirely new airport was built on reclaimed land adjacent to the old one. Now why couldn't the government have done this back in the 1970s?
Is HND actually getting a fourth runway? I had read about plans to build a 'floating' runway on pontoons further out in Tokyo Bay, but that there was considerable opposition since it would impact some shipping lanes. Is work going to start on this new runway?
I have not seen any construction updates on HND's new East Terminal, but had heard it would be exclusively for ANA/ANK flights. Is that still the plan?
You can watch the entire video through the "VIDEO" link on the right.
It´s in german only, but I guess you can get an impression even if you don´t understand the commentary.
The problem apparently was that the government simply tried to push the farmers out of the way - there was no public process and no warning. And the farmers - supported by many students and citizens - refused to simply give in. The farmers won´t budge, and so this bizarre situation has endured.
Classic case of a deadlock between incompetent and overreaching bureaucrats on one side and recalcitrant citizens on the other...
Spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3249 posts, RR: 14 Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3636 times:
What selfish farmers. They could easily move their plants to new farmland, thus letting Narita being able to maybe even serve THEM better by leaving earlier.
Which Japan is this that you're talking about??
"easily move to new farmland"? What new farmland? This is Japan. Pretty much every inch of arable land is already in use, nationwide. And most farms are passed down through the generations. It's not as if you can just go out and buy another farm 2 doors down... and this farm has probably been in the family for a long time (I don't know anything about these people specifically, I'm just speaking based on my own experience with Japanese farmers).
The NAA asking these farmers to move is akin to asking them to give up their livelihoods. Now, they could offer them a huge payout that would be more money than they'd ever make in their lives, but I mean, come on. First of all, they didn't do this originally - they just told them to move. Second, you're asking people to change their whole lifestyle, move to a new home somewhere else, etc. The farms were there first, and just as I think people who move next to existing airports don't really have a right to complain about noise, I don't think the government or anyone else has a right to complain about farmers who choose to live their lives the way they always have. Narita Airport was built on farmland; these farms weren't built on Narita Airport.
The people to blame for Narita are the government officials who decided to build the airport without knowing whether or not they've got enough land for expansion, and without even consulting residents in the area. Really stupid planning, and appalling arrogance. I mean it's one thing if you've got an airport like JFK with four long intersecting runways; then you don't need to worry so much about expansion. But there's no way these people thought they could get away with a single runway in Tokyo forever; they must have known they'd need to build a new runway or two at some point. They thought they could just take whatever land they needed, but the farmers stopped them. How do you blame the farmers for this? Blame the government for poor planning, which they're now reaping the rewards of today.
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Carpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2769 posts, RR: 4 Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3594 times:
Also include A-runway limited traffic to 773 and 346. Not sure if 345 qualifies as no one has yet to try a run with a 345. AC was supposed to do a YYZ-AA), Japan">NRT run last year but now it’s going to HKG, which is more appropriate anyways.
There are now two runways at AA), Japan">NRT and though the main runway (A) at AA), Japan">NRT is slot retrained. The shorter runway (B) can handle many more movements and by switching the 777/763 & shorter-haul aircraft from the A-runway slots to the B-runway, paving the way for more long-haul and 747-type aircraft on the A-runway. This is why AA is able to add flights due to shifting the landings on the B-runway and use the A-runway for take-offs only. AA had 28 slots on the A-runway and if the authorization for the AA), Japan">NRT-HNL goes ahead, AA should be just about maxed out on these slots. As for NW expanding such as the AA), Japan">NRT-CAN route, the 757s can be easily handle the B-runway. If more 747 routes/frequencies are to be added, they can shift the new 332s to the B-runway as necessary freeing up the A-runway slots.
Pilots can request to land on the A-runway when necessary, weather, aircraft problems, etc. Departures are rigidly enforced though. I have landed on B-runway on an AA 777, TK 343, & UA 777 for large aircrafts, and the breaking is hard but the aircraft, for the obvious reason, comes to a slow speed without problems. In the case of AA and UA, we landed to the south so the taxi times weren’t too long, and for aircraft going to Terminal 2 it’s much quicker to land on the B-runway anyways. There are occasionally times when pilots do request the B-runway, although they have A-runway slots because they are going to Terminal 2.
There is also talk of extending the B-runway to 2500 meters (currently at 2,180) on the north side, so it can handle all types aircraft, but this is still years away from fruition.
The picture above is probably some two or three years old as the taxiways between Terminal 1 & 2 have now been completed. Anybody who sits in a window seat on aircraft between Terminal 1 & 2 and around AA), Japan">NRT, you can see the farmers who block construction of additional runway or runway lengthening. There is now a home sandwiched in between taxiways! It’s just north of the hangers. You can’t miss it. Most of the land is bought but just a handful of farmers owning just a few acres are blocking its construction.
In Japan, local politicians and industrialists promote airport development as they are economic driver (just like the rest of the world), so NIMBYs are very rare in this country except the two most constrained places (AA), Japan">NRT & HND). To understand the situation at Narita, a book can be written (I think it has in Japanese though). Its unique history dates back to the 1960s when politicians on a whim announced an int’l airport at Narita (on the current site) without consulting the locals. This pent-up resentment still resides today and it still has a beefed up security compared to other Japanese airports due to the radical elements surrounding or on the airport.
Nwaatngo From Japan, joined May 2004, 48 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3570 times:
Since NW started their NGO-NRT flights, I have landed on and taken off from this shorter runway a number of times. The landing part isn't too bad, but let me tell you the 20-25 minute taxi after flying across the Pacific does get to be a little much.
I have lived in Japan for a number of years and knew that there were issues with the farmers around NRT, but on a recent landing on the new runway, I saw a big sign in English and Japanese that read, 'Down with Narita Airport'. I got a real kick out of the sign, because Japanese people don't tend to make such bold statements. I also got a kick out of the one house that sits smack dab in the middle of the airport. The next time I fly through there I will try to take a picture and let everyone see.
And for purely selfish reasons, Down with Narita and Up with Chubu.
N228ua From Japan, joined May 2004, 109 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 3503 times:
My wife told me the other day that the Japanese royal family used to own a lot of land around Narita which is why they built the airport there instead of somewhere else. The Emperor donated the land to the government.
There was a piece on the news about the police doing riot training before the world cup...They showed people carrying telegraph polls ramming the riot police. I asked if this was a drill and no, it was the farmers ramming the police at Narita before construction commenced.
This is a very sensitive issue, both for the farmers due to their land and for travelers as Narita is damn far from Tokyo. Why don't they put in a shinkansen line?
Do a Google image search on Narita Express and you'll see a lot of pics.
A shinkansen would be a bit excessive; the N'Ex links to shinkansen in Tokyo.
It really is one of the most poorly-thought out airports in the world, though, including location and everything else. Anyone know what airport is furthest away from the city it serves? I would think Narita's gotta be up there on that list.
I've also always wondered about the real name of the airport. I sometimes see it referred to as "New Tokyo International Airport", but the only name you ever see on signs there is "Narita Airport" and the name of the authority that runs it is the Narita Airport Authority. The official web site also lists it as Narita Airport.
Is "New Tokyo International" strictly informational for overseas passengers? What is the real name of the airport? It's semantics, yeah, but it'd make at least a little more sense if it's intended as a regional airport rather than a Tokyo airport.
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