The transport ministry said Tuesday it will consider expanding slots at two international airports in the metropolitan area to cover the expected growth in flight demand following Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism plans to increase the number of departure and landing slots at Tokyo's Haneda airport and Narita airport in Chiba Prefecture, to 750,000 per annum in fiscal 2014, compared with the current maximum of 680,000 in the two airports.
The ministry will convene a panel of academics and experts to discuss measures to boost the slots.
Among the measures to be considered are building a new runway at Haneda airport and narrowing the time span between incoming and outgoing flights by allowing airplanes to fly over central Tokyo. This is currently prohibited due to safety concerns, according to the ministry.
Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Olympics on Saturday by beating Istanbul and Madrid, prompting the need to develop infrastructure including transportation and sport facilities in the capital.