[photopress:air_handeda_airport.jpg,full,alignright]Japan and China may start flights from airports in Tokyo and Beijing that are closer to the capitals’ centers to reduce travel times, according to a statement on the Japanese transport ministry’s Web site.
This is important to the traveler.
Sydney airport is near the center of the city. Kuala Lumpur’s airport is in the next state. This massively affects travel times.
Japan’s transport minister, Tetsuzo Fuyushiba, proposed starting flights between Tokyo’s Haneda and Beijing’s Nanyuan during a visit to China last week. Officials will try to agree on the services at the countries’ next aviation meeting in February.
China and Japan have already started flights between Haneda, which mainly handles domestic flights, and Hongqiao airport in Shanghai, which is 18 kilometers closer to the city center than Pudong airport.
Takuya Osaka, an analyst in Tokyo at Morgan Stanley Japan Securities said, ‘It will be very convenient Haneda airport is much closer to the city’s centre.’
Officials may reach an agreement before China hosts the Olympic Games next year.
Haneda, Japan’s busiest airport, is 19 kilometers from Tokyo station, compared with 66 kilometers for Narita.
Nanyuan is 13 kilometers from Tiananmen Square, compared with 25 kilometers for Beijing Capital International Airport.