Jessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2019 times:
Because It's Japan.
I think it has something to do with what the passengers want. Like how there are a lot more flights in and out of LGA airport, and JFK is a lot less crowded, but there is no international presence at LGA, and there is little domestic service from JFK. So the local traffic is happier to fly HNDKIX and International arrivals will just have to take the train.
Also isn't NRT supposed to be almost entirely international and HND almost entirely domestic?
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1998 times:
Well, since both NRT and KIX are secondary, mostly international airports, there really isn't much in the way of O&D traffic to begin with. Plus, when one adds in the fact that both airports have adequate international connections to get someone practically anywhere in the world without having to fly to the other airport to connect also negates the connecting traffic factor.
Also, the excellent train system that Japan also reduces the need for connections between the two points.
TonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1064 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1991 times:
NRT has only one runway due to some farmers. Therefore it is VERY heavily used by International flights using jumbo jest. Therefore they do not give up slots to smaller domestic flights. Just too many planes for the capacity. It is a REAL pain going domestic in Japan Tonky. KIX has more domestic connections but they are generally not good for connections to US airlines like US or NW. Itami in Osaka is reached by a bus but depending on traffic can be long. Handea to NRT can be HOURS. NRT plans on a second runway, but doubt they will add domestic flights. They use to have (All Nippon) flights to Itami, but I think no more.