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Narita International Airport Terminal 3 Opens To Public

Narita T3 walkway

Narita International Airport

Terminal 3 officially opens for service on April 8, 2015 at Narita International Airport (NRT). The terminal costing YEN$15 Billion (US$125 Million) was built with focus to host Low Cost Carriers (LCC) operating in the Asia/Pacific region.

Terminal 3 Plans

Narita International Airport Terminal 3 is the last piece of a 5 year plan to update the airport and expand capacity for the Tokyo region from 220,000 movements to 300,000 movements. It will increase the airport’s total capacity by another 7.5 Million passengers per year and firmly establishes itself in the Top 40 busiest airports by passengers (refer to our coverage of the 2014 Top 30 busiest airports here).

Narita Airport Improvement Plan
Narita Airport Improvement Plan – Information taken from the airport authority’s website on April 9, 2015 (All Rights Reserved)

Location

Narita Airport T3 Layout
Narita Airport T3 Layout – Information taken from the airport authority’s website on April 9, 2015 (All Rights Reserved)

There will be separate sections for domestic and international operations. The domestic side will feature 9 new gates for narrowbody aircrafts.  International gates totalling to 3 are capable of managing both narrow and widebody aircrafts. In total, airport capacity increased another 7.5 million passengers a year.

Terminal Layout and Design

Terminal 3 is located 300m from Terminal 2 and incorporated cost efficient design aesthetics. Floor decals, outdoor gates and airstairs are used to bring facility costs down by 40% for international flights and 15% for domestic flights.

The 66,000 square meters floor space will include new shopping facilities and prayer room. It will also features Japan’s largest airport food court featuring both Japanese and Western cuisines with a capacity of 400.

Narita Airport T3 Food Court
Narita Airport T3 Food Court – information taken from airport website on April 9, 2015 (All Rights Reserved)

The terminal design was managed by  Nikken Sekkei (website) which was also responsible for Tokyo Skytree. The terminal also features furniture by famous home decor/stationary megastore Muji (website).

Instead of using lighted signs, decals with looks of a running track was used to guide passengers between terminals and flights.

Narita International Airport Terminal 3
Narita International Airport Terminal 3 – Image Credit to the airport authority (All Rights Reserved)
Narita T3 walkway
Narita T3 walkway – Credit : http://www.japantrends.com/ (All Rights Reserved)
Narita T3 walkway
Narita T3 walkway – Credit  http://www.japantrends.com/  (All Rights Reserved)

Final Call

With the opening of Terminal 3,  Narita International Airport can further expands its reach to attract a new set of carriers. Passengers would be delighted by the new airy designs from Muji and enjoy food at the biggest airport food court in Japan. More information about the terminal and flights can be found here.

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