As Japan looks to make a recovery in opererations, the operator of Tokyo-Narita is reopening its second runway.
In a release from Narita Airport, its second runway – Runway B (16L/34R) - will be reopened on July 22 after it was closed in April amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the resumption of the dual-runway use at Narita, the airport expects the gradual resumption of more domestic flights including those operated by Japan's budget carriers.
Narita Airport has two runways, with Runway B (2500 meters) located on the eastern side. It is shorter compared to Runway A (16R/34L) on the opposite side which has a length of around 4000 meters.
During the first few months of the year, Narita Airport saw a sharp decline in passenger traffic due to the pandemic and travel restrictions. At the start of the year, the airport served 3.8 and 2.8 million passengers in January/February, before dropping to 1.3 million in March.
The airport would then see a drastic drop in passenger traffic during the months of April/May. The airport reported it served 141,000 passengers in April and just 89.000 in May.