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
), 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
goes ahead, AA
should be just about maxed out on these slots. As for NW
expanding such as the AA
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
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
, 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.