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Tokyo Narita Int'l 34R & Other What's-Up Questions  
User currently offlineDIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 24
Posted (11 years 3 months 5 days ago) and read 3050 times:

-I'll be blunt: Will 34R ever be built the length it was intended to be? Or will the current land owner that won't sell stick to their guns?

-Also, was there supposed to be a diagonal runway (see photo)? Or am I just looking at taxiway that looks as if it were, or is supposed to be, a runway?

-Lastly, what is NRT's longest current nonstop route?

Sidenote for the photo reference; notice the approaching a/c w/ shadow approaching 34R. . .hard to to see, but it's there.

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User currently offlineCarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 3049 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2930 times:

NAA was thinking of adding some length to the northside of 34R-18L to make the runway approximately 2,500m, so the runway can handle all aircraft types instead of the current limit to 772/343. Not sure what the status is now.

The cross-wind runway building has been abandoned. From T1 directly south and slightly to the right is an existing dwelling between the taxiway and what should be the runway (tiny but there). Until that landowner leaves, the cross-wind runway cannot be operated. Meanwhile, on both sides aircraft taxi around the dwelling. Amazing!

With slots on the new runway quickly filling up, new entrant and existing carriers will have a hard time expanding from NRT. Also aircraft stands are running out too. As anybody can see in the picture, there isn't any place open where additional stands can be built. Wrestling away additional land around the airport will be like pulling teeth. I would like to punch the idiot who thoughtout the design and location of this miserably designed airport. The roads in the airport are like spaghetti.

User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2915 times:

The airport was one of the nicest airports that I have ever gone through but I wonder why they built the airport so far from Tokyo.

User currently offlineQantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5954 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2850 times:

Quoting AirWillie6475 (reply 2):
The airport was one of the nicest airports that I have ever gone through but I wonder why they built the airport so far from Tokyo.

give you 1 guess as to why it's so far from Tokyo! and it's not to hard to workout either...something to do with space perhaps!  Big grin

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