According to a recent report on The Japan Times, Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair Airport is looking to proceed with a plan for a second runway to increase the airport’s capacity.

The plans for Chubu Airport – Japan’s 8th busiest airport - would have the new runway built to the west of the current runway that would allow the airport to accommodate 30,000 more flights annually. The project is getting more interest as Japan is seen a growing number of foreign visitors, and the report also stated the target completion of the additional runway will be before the year 2027.

First opened to commercial air traffic in 2005, the Chubu Airport has been the primary international gateway to the city of Nagoya – the third largest metropolitan area of Japan.

Following Kansai Airport, Chubu Airport is one of five airports in Japan that are built off-shore with Chubu built on an artificial island 35 kilometers south of the city of Nagoya. Its lone 11500 foot (3500 meter) runway handles all the departures and arrivals, and the second runway is expected to allow for continuous operation even if the other is closed.

The reports of the planned second runway is not new, as Japan’s Transport Ministry and Aichi Prefecture’s government has been discussing the matter within years of the airport’s opening.

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