Haneda Airport Trying To Attract Private Jets

Haneda Airport trying to attract private jetsTokyo's Haneda Airport is trying to attract more private business jets by promising shorter immigration wait times for affluent passengers.
The move comes amid increasing use of small planes by CEOs, celebrities and other jet setters worldwide.

Next Tuesday, Haneda is to open an exclusive gate for private jet users at its international terminal to allow passengers to quickly undergo arrival and departure procedures.

The airport also plans to open a new parking apron close to the gate and reduce the distance between the 2 facilities from over 4 kilometers to around 400 meters.

Haneda officials say the time required from immigration to boarding will be drastically shortened, from a maximum of 40 minutes to roughly 5 minutes.

The airport began accepting private jets when it started full-fledged international flight service 4 years ago. Haneda last year operated more than 1,300 business jet flights, mostly to and from the US and China.

The operator of the international terminal says it hopes the new arrangements will help raise the number of tourists and other foreign visitors in Japan.