|Tokyo International Airport
Tōkyō Kokusai Kūkō
|IATA: HND – ICAO: RJTT|
|Operator||Tokyo Aviation Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (airfield); Japan Airport Terminal Co., Ltd. (terminals)|
|Location||Ōta, Tokyo, Japan|
|Hub for||Japan Airlines
All Nippon Airways
Skynet Asia Airways
|Elevation AMSL||21 ft / 6 m|
|Number of passengers||66,795,178|
|Sources: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan
Statistics from ACI
Tokyo International Airport (東京国際空港 Tōkyō Kokusai Kūkō ), commonly known as Haneda Airport (羽田空港 Haneda Kūkō ) or Tokyo Haneda Airport (東京羽田空港 Tōkyō Haneda Kūkō ) (IATA: HND, ICAO: RJTT), is one of the two primary airports that serve the Greater Tokyo Area in Japan. It is located in Ōta, Tokyo, 14 km (8.7 mi) south of Tokyo Station.
Haneda handles almost all domestic flights to and from Tokyo, while Narita International Airport handles the vast majority of international flights. In 2010, a dedicated international terminal was opened at Haneda in conjunction with the completion of a fourth runway. This allowed for a dramatic increase in international flights going to Haneda, which previously had only "scheduled charter" flights to Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei. The Japanese government plans to further expand Haneda's international role in the future.
Haneda handled 66,795,178 passengers in 2012. By passenger throughput, it was the second busiest airport in Asia and the fourth busiest in the world, after Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Beijing Capital Airport (Asia's busiest) and London Heathrow Airport. With Haneda and Narita combined Tokyo has the third busiest city airport system in the world, after London and New York City.
Haneda is the primary base of Japan's two major domestic airlines, Japan Airlines (Terminal 1) and All Nippon Airways (Terminal 2), as well as low-cost carriers Hokkaido International Airlines, Skymark Airlines, Skynet Asia Airways, and StarFlyer. It is able to handle 90 million passengers per year following its expansion in 2010.
In December 2009, ForbesTraveller.com recognized Haneda Airport as the most punctual airport in the world for two years in a row, with 94.3% of its flights departing on time and 88.6% arriving on time.
Haneda Airfield (羽田飛行場 Haneda Hikōjō ) first opened in 1931 on a small piece of bayfront land at the south end of today's airport complex. It was Japan's largest civil airport at the time it was constructed, and took over from the army air base at Tachikawa as the main operating base of Japan Air Transport, then the country's flag carrier. During the 1930s, Haneda handled flights to destinations in Japan, Korea and Manchuria. In 1939, the airport's first runway was extended to 800 m and a second 800-m runway was completed.
U.S. occupation (1945–1952) 
In 1945, U.S. occupation forces took over the airport and renamed it Haneda Army Air Base. The Army evicted many nearby residents to make room for various construction projects, including extending one runway to 1,650m and the other to 2,100m. US military personnel based at Haneda were generally housed at the Washington Heights residential complex in central Tokyo (now Yoyogi Park).
Haneda was mainly a military and civilian transportation base used by the U.S. army/air force as a stop-over for C-54 transport planes departing San Francisco, en route to the Far East and returning flights. A number of C-54s, based at Haneda AFB, participated in the Berlin Blockade airlift. These planes were specially outfitted for hauling coal to German civilians. Many of these planes were decommissioned after their participation due to coal dust contamination. Several US Army or Air Force generals regularly parked their personal planes at Haneda while visiting Tokyo, including General Ennis Whitehead. During the Korean War, Haneda was the main regional base for United States Navy flight nurses, who evacuated patients from Korea to Haneda for treatment at military hospitals in Tokyo and Yokosuka.
The U.S. military gave part of the base back to Japan in 1952; this portion became known as Tokyo International Airport. The US military maintained a base at Haneda until 1958 when the remainder of the property was returned to the Japanese government.
International era (1952–1978) 
Japan's flag carrier Japan Airlines began its first domestic operations from Haneda in 1951. For a few postwar years Tokyo International Airport did not have a passenger terminal building. The Japan Airport Terminal Co., Ltd. TYO: 9706 was founded in 1953 to develop the first passenger terminal, which opened in 1955. An extension for international flights opened in 1963. European carriers began service to Haneda in the 1950s. Air France arrived at Haneda for the first time in November 1952. BOAC de Havilland Comet flights to London via the southern route began in 1953, and SAS DC-7 flights to Copenhagen via Anchorage began in 1957. JAL and Aeroflot began cooperative service from Haneda to Moscow in 1967. Pan Am and Northwest Orient used Haneda as a hub. The August 1957 Official Airline Guide shows 86 domestic and 8 international departures each week on Japan Air Lines. Other international departures per week: seven Civil Air Transport, three Thai DC4s, 2 Hong Kong Airways Viscounts (and maybe three DC-6Bs), two Air India and one QANTAS. Northwest had 16 departures a week, Pan Am had 12 and Canadian Pacific had four; Air France three, KLM three, SAS five, Swissair two and BOAC three. The February 1957 Aeradio chart shows runway 15/33 8400 ft long and runway 4/22 5500 ft.
The Tokyo Monorail opened between Haneda and central Tokyo in 1964, in time for the Tokyo Olympics. During 1964 Japan lifted travel restrictions on its citizens, causing passenger traffic at the airport to swell. A new runway and international terminal was completed in 1970 but demand continued to outpace expansion. The government anticipated this growth in the early 1960s. The government believed further expansion of Haneda would be impractical due to the cost and technical issues of a large landfill in Tokyo Bay. Instead, a plan was put forward to build a new airport for international flights. In 1978, New Tokyo International Airport (now Narita Airport) opened, taking over almost all international service in the Greater Tokyo Area, and Haneda became a domestic airport.
Domestic era (1978–2010) 
While most international flights moved from Haneda to Narita in 1978, airlines based on Republic of China continued to use Haneda Airport for many years due to the ongoing political conflict between the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China. China Airlines served Taipei and Honolulu from Haneda; Taiwan's second major airline, EVA Air, joined CAL at Haneda in 1999. All Taiwan flights were moved to Narita in 2002, and Haneda-Honolulu services ceased. In 2003, JAL, ANA, Korean Air and Asiana began service to Gimpo Airport near Seoul, providing a "scheduled charter" city-to-city service.
Despite the Transport Ministry's initial reservations about expanding Haneda Airport onto new landfill in Tokyo Bay, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government began using the adjacent bay area as a waste dumping site, thus creating a large amount of landfill upon which the airport could expand. In July 1988, a new runway opened on the landfill area. In September 1993, the old airport terminal was replaced by a new West Passenger Terminal, nicknamed "Big Bird," which was built farther out on the landfill. Two new runways were completed in March 1997 and March 2000. In 2004, Terminal 2 opened at Haneda for ANA and Air Do; the 1993 terminal, now known as Terminal 1, became the base for JAL, Skymark and Skynet Asia Airways.
In October 2006, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao reached an informal agreement to launch bilateral talks regarding an additional city-to-city service between Haneda and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. On 25 June 2007, the two governments concluded an agreement allowing for the Haneda-Hongqiao service to commence from October 2007.
In December 2007, Japan and the People's Republic of China reached a basic agreement on opening charter services between Haneda and Beijing Nanyuan Airport. However, because of difficulties in negotiating with the Chinese military operators of Nanyuan, the first charter flights in August 2008 (coinciding with the 2008 Summer Olympics) used Beijing Capital International Airport instead, as did subsequent scheduled charters to Beijing.
In June 2007, Haneda gained the right to host international flights that depart between 8:30 PM and 11:00 PM and arrive between 6 AM and 8:30 AM. The airport allows departures and arrivals between 11 PM and 6 AM, as Narita Airport is closed during these hours.
New international terminal 
A third terminal for international flights was completed in October 2010. The cost to construct the five-story terminal building and attached 2,300-car parking deck was covered by a Private Finance Initiative process, revenues from duty-free concessions and a facility use charge of ¥2,000 per passenger. Both the Tokyo Monorail and the Keikyū Airport Line added stops at the new terminal, and an international air cargo facility was constructed nearby.
The fourth runway (05/23), which is called D Runway, was constructed via land reclamation to the south of the existing airfield, and was completed in 2010. This runway was designed to increase Haneda's operational capacity from 285,000 movements to 407,000 movements per year, permitting increased frequencies on existing routes, as well as routes to new destinations. In particular, Haneda would offer additional slots to handle 60,000 overseas flights a year (30,000 during the day and 30,000 during late night and early morning hours).
In May 2008, the Japanese Ministry of Transport announced that international flights would be allowed between Haneda and any overseas destination, provided that such flights must operate between 11 PM and 7 AM. The Ministry of Transport originally planned to allocate a number of the newly available landing slots to international flights of 1,947 km (1,210 mi) or less (the distance to Ishigaki, the longest domestic flight operating from Haneda). The destinations within this range include all of Korea, parts of eastern and northern China including Shanghai, Qingdao, Dalian, Harbin,and Beijing, and parts of the Russian Far East including Vladivostok and Sakhalin.
Haneda Airport's new international terminal has received numerous complaints from passengers using it during night hours. One of the complaints is the lack of amenities available in the building as most restaurants and shops are closed at night. Another complaint is that there is no affordable public transportation at night operating out of the terminals. The Keikyu Airport Line, Tokyo Monorail and most bus operators stop running services out of Haneda by midnight, and so passengers landing at night are forced to go by car or taxi to their destination. A Haneda spokesperson said that they would work with transportation operators and the government to improve the situation.
Future expansion plans 
In June 2011, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced an expansion of the new international terminal, to be completed by the end of March 2014. The expansion will include a new 8-gate pier to the northwest of the existing terminal, an expansion of the adjacent apron with four new aircraft parking spots, a hotel inside the international terminal, and expanded check-in, customs/immigration/quarantine and baggage claim areas.
Incidents and accidents 
- February 4, 1966: All Nippon Airways Flight 60, a Boeing 727-81, crashed into Tokyo Bay about 10.4 km from Haneda in clear weather conditions while on an evening approach. All 133 passengers and crew were killed. The accident held the death toll record for a single-plane accident until 1969.
- March 4, 1966: Canadian Pacific Air Lines Flight 402, a Douglas DC-8-43 registered CF-CPK, descended below the glide path and struck the approach lights and a seawall during a night landing attempt in poor visibility at Tokyo International Airport in Japan. The flight had departed Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport and had almost diverted to Taipei due to the poor weather in Tokyo. Of the 62 passengers and 10 crew, only 8 passengers survived.
- March 5, 1966: BOAC Flight 911, a Boeing 707–436 registered G-APFE, broke-up in flight en route from Haneda Airport to Hong Kong Kai Tak Airport, on a segment of an around-the-world flight. The bad weather that had caused the Canadian Pacific crash the day before also caused exceptionally strong winds around Mt. Fuji, and the BOAC jet encountered severe turbulence that caused the aircraft to break apart at an altitude of 16,000 feet, killing all 113 passengers and 11 crew. The debris field was over 10 miles long. Although there was not a cockpit voice recorder on this aircraft or any distress calls made by the crew, the investigators did find an 8mm film shot by one of the passengers that, when developed, confirmed the accident was consistent with an in-flight breakup and loss of control due to severe turbulence. There is a famous photo of this ill-fated airliner passing the still smouldering wreckage of Canadian Pacific Flight 402 as it taxied out to the runway at Haneda.
- August 12, 1985: Japan Airlines Flight 123, a Boeing 747-146SR suffered a massive decompression when the rear bulkhead was blown out, severing all hydraulic lines and a portion of the tail. With all control surfaces so rendered useless, the flight crew managed for a time to maneuver the aircraft with the thrust levers in an attempt to return to Haneda. Flight 123 crashed into a ridge some miles short of Tokyo International. Of 524 passengers and crew aboard, there were 520 fatalities. The crash of JA123 remains the worldwide deadliest involving a single aircraft.
- July 23, 1999: All Nippon Airways Flight 61 was hijacked shortly after takeoff. The hijacker killed the captain before he was subdued; the aircraft landed safely.
Haneda Airport has three terminals. The main terminals, 1 and 2, are connected by an underground walkway; a free shuttle bus runs between the main terminals and the smaller International Terminal every five minutes.
Haneda Airport is open 24 hours. The two main (domestic) passenger terminals are only open from 5 AM to 11:30 PM. The terminals may be extended to 24-hour operation due to StarFlyer's late-night and early-morning service between Haneda and Kitakyushu, which began in March 2006. (The International Terminal is open 24 hours.)
All three terminals are managed by Japan Airport Terminal Co., Ltd. (日本空港ビルディング株式会社 Nippon Kūkō Birudingu Kabushikigaisha ), a private company. The rest of the airport is managed by the government. It has 46 jetways altogether.
Terminal 1 
Terminal 1 called "Big Bird" opened in 1993. This largest terminal in Haneda Airport replacing the smaller 1970 terminal complex. The linear building features a six-story restaurant, shopping area and conference rooms in its center section and a large rooftop observation deck with open-air rooftop cafe.
Terminal 2 
Terminal 2 opened on December 1, 2004. It features an open-air rooftop restaurant, a six-story shopping area with restaurants and the 387-room Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu.
The construction of Terminal 2 was financed by levying a ¥170 [from 1 April 2011] passenger service facility charge on tickets, the first domestic Passenger Service Facilities Charge (PSFC) in Japan.
International terminal 
The current international terminal opened on October 21, 2010. The first two long-haul flights from the new terminal departed before midnight on October 30, 2010; they were originally scheduled to depart after midnight on October 31, but both departed ahead of schedule.
Cargo facilities 
Other facilities 
Haneda Airport has a special VIP terminal and two parking spots for private aircraft. This area is often used by foreign heads of state visiting Japan, as well as by the Japanese Air Force One and other aircraft carrying government officials. (Narita is also regularly used for such flights despite its much greater distance from central Tokyo.) The Tokyo Metropolitan Police have historically conducted heightened security measures, including ID checks of visibly foreign passengers, during times when the airport is being used for state visits. Japan Airlines operates training facilities and the Safety Promotion Center at the periphery of the airport.
Airlines and destinations 
Cargo Airlines 
|All Nippon Airways||Osaka-Kansai, Saga, Sapporo-Chitose|
|EVA Air Cargo||Taipei-Taoyuan |
|Hong Kong Airlines||Hong Kong|
|Year||Passengers||Number of landings||Cargo volume (tons)||Post handled (kg)|
|1997 (Heisei 9)||49,302,268||109,593||583,912||112,584,991|
|1998 (Heisei 10)||51,240,704||118,214||586,144||107,047,595|
|1999 (Heisei 11)||54,338,212||121,059||615,108||109,222,690|
|2000 (Heisei 12)||56,402,206||128,197||656,710||113,038,970|
|2001 (Heisei 13)||58,692,688||135,202||609,460||115,665,106|
|2002 (Heisei 14)||61,079,478||141,337||592,833||114,467,148|
|2003 (Heisei 15)||62,876,182||149,456||613,589||109,147,365|
|2004 (Heisei 16)||62,291,405||152,673||651,422||122,694,123|
|2005 (Heisei 17)||63,303,843||154,540||672,465||126,206,582|
|2006 (Heisei 18)||66,089,277||162,025||700,284||136,980,848|
|2007 (Heisei 19)||66,823,414||165,909||719,895||132,451,925|
|2008 (Heisei 20)||66,707,213||169,806||772,617||76,787,209|
|2009 (Heisei 21)||61,934,302||167,858||733,178||56,673,002|
|2010 (Heisei 22)||64,211,074||171,402||818,806||-|
|Source: Civil Aviation Bureau; Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (1997–2006, 2007–09)|
|Source: Airports Council International 2010 (Landings = Movements / 2) )|
Ground transportation 
Transfer to/from Narita Airport 
Haneda Airport is approximately 1.5–2 hours from Narita Airport by rail or bus. Keisei runs direct suburban trains (called Access Express) between Haneda and Narita in 88 minutes for ¥1740 as of May 2012. There are also direct buses between the airports operated by Airport Limousine Bus. The journey takes 65–85 minutes or longer depending on traffic and cost ¥3000 as of May 2012.
Haneda Airport is served by the Keihin Kyuko Railway (Keikyū) and Tokyo Monorail. The monorail has two dedicated stations (Haneda Airport Terminal 1 Station and Haneda Airport Terminal 2 Station), Keikyū operates a single station between the domestic terminals (Haneda Airport Station), and both lines stop at the International Terminal Station.
Keikyū offers trains to Shinagawa Station and Yokohama Station and through service to the Toei Asakusa Line, which makes several stops in eastern Tokyo. Some Keikyū trains also run through to the Keisei Oshiage Line and Keisei Main Line, making it possible to reach Narita International Airport by train. Although a few direct trains run in the morning, a transfer along the Keisei Line is generally necessary to reach Narita.
Tokyo Monorail trains run between the airport and Hamamatsuchō Station, where passengers can connect to the Yamanote Line to reach other points in Tokyo, or Keihin Tohoku Line to Saitama, and have a second access option to Narita Airport via Narita Express, Airport Narita, or Sōbu Line (Rapid) Trains at Tokyo Station. Express trains make the nonstop run from Haneda Airport to Hamamatsuchō in 16 minutes. Hamamatsuchō Station is also located adjacent to the Toei Oedo Line Daimon station.
The airport is bisected by the Bayshore Route of the Shuto Expressway and is also accessible from Route 1. Scheduled bus service to various points in the Kanto region is provided by Airport Transport Service (Friendly Airport Limousine) and Keihin Express Bus.
See also 
- Narita International Airport
- Tokyo Monorail
- Lux – a 2012 Brian Eno album that was previewed in Haneda Airport
- AIS Japan
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- 羽田空港の歴史 (国土交通省関東地方整備局東京空港整備事務所)
- Susan H. Godson, Serving Proudly (Naval Institute Press).
- 羽田空港の歴史 (日本空港ビルデング株式会社)
- 東京国際空港（羽田）沖合展開事業について (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport)
- Japan, China to consider Tokyo-Shanghai shuttle flights, Kyodo, October 10, 2006.
- Shuttle flights to connect Tokyo, Shanghai in October, Channel NewsAsia, 25 June 2007.
- 国交省：羽田－北京間にチャーター便 北京五輪の８月に, Mainichi Shimbun, June 11, 2008.
- Boeing: Narita Airport Noise Regulations
- "ANA to start Haneda-Hong Kong route in April," Daily Yomiuri Online
- Japan Airport Rises on Plan to Buy Macquarie Shares, Bloomberg News, May 20, 2009.
- 羽田空港再拡張及び首都圏第３空港について (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport)
- Nagata, Kazuaki, "Haneda new old kid on the block", Japan Times, 20 October 2010, p. 3.
- HANEDA D-Runway Report (No.5) TO THE NEXT STAGE, HANEDA Airport Construction Office, MLIT, Japan, September 2009.
- Japan to Double Haneda Airport Overseas Flight Slots, Bloomberg.net, May 20, 2008
- International Haneda flights to double by '10, The Japan Times, May 21, 2008.
- Great Circle Mapper
- Fukada, Takahiro, "The advantages of travel via Haneda", Japan Times, 20 October 2010, p. 3.
- Chris Cooper (2 June 2009). "Virgin Blue May Start Tokyo-Sydney Flights Within 18 Months". Bloomberg. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
- Fukada, Takahiro (7 January 2011). "Haneda's nighttime services falling short with travelers". The Japan Times. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
- Debito Arudou, "Instant Checkpoints in Japan: Extranationality As Sufficient Grounds For Criminal Suspicion." 
- "Emirates to open third destination in Japan" (Press release). Emirates. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
- EVA Air Cargo Schedule
- "暦年・年度別空港管理状況調". Civil Aviation Bureau; Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
- "暦年・年度別空港管理状況調". Civil Aviation Bureau; Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
- "Annual Traffic Data". Airports Council International. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
- "How do I get to...? Haneda Airport". Keisei Electric Railway. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
- "Haneda-Narita timetable". Airport Limousine Bus. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
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