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Chubu Centrair International Airport

Coordinates: 34°51′30″N 136°48′19″E / 34.85833°N 136.80528°E / 34.85833; 136.80528
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Chubu Centrair International Airport


Chūbu Kokusai Kūkō
Aerial photo from 2009, before Terminal 2 and the Flight of Dreams were built
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorCentral Japan International Airport Co., Ltd. (CJIAC)
ServesChūkyō metropolitan area
LocationTokoname, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Opened17 February 2005; 19 years ago (2005-02-17)
Focus city for
Operating base forJetstar Japan
Elevation AMSL12 ft / 4 m
Coordinates34°51′30″N 136°48′19″E / 34.85833°N 136.80528°E / 34.85833; 136.80528
NGO/RJGG is located in Aichi Prefecture
Location in Aichi Prefecture
NGO/RJGG is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,500 11,483 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Cargo (metric tonnes)199,140
Aircraft movement96,591

Chubu Centrair International Airport (中部国際空港, Chūbu Kokusai Kūkō) (IATA: NGO, ICAO: RJGG) is an international airport on an artificial island (which also houses the Aichi International Exhibition Center [ja]) in Ise Bay, Tokoname City in Aichi Prefecture, 35 km (22 mi) south of Nagoya in central Japan.[2] The airport covers about 470 hectares (1,161 acres) of land and has one 3,500 m (11,500 ft) runway.[3]

Centrair is classified as a first class airport and is the main international gateway for the Chubu ("central") region of Japan. The name "Centrair" (セントレア, Sentorea) is an abbreviation of Central Japan International Airport, an alternate translation used in the English name of the airport's operating company, Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd. (中部国際空港株式会社, Chūbu Kokusai Kūkō Kabushiki-gaisha).

12.35 million people used the airport in 2018, ranking 8th busiest in the nation, and 212,797 tons of cargo was moved in 2018.

In 2019, the airport was ranked the fifth-best airport in the world by Skytrax’s World’s Top Airports 100, and received the World’s Best Regional Airport and the Best Regional Airport in Asia.


JAL and ANA operations at Chubu International Airport

Chubu Centrair serves the third largest metropolitan area in Japan, centered around the city of Nagoya. The region is a major manufacturing centre, with the headquarters and production facilities of Toyota Motor Corporation and production facilities for Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.[4] The cargo handling capacity of the existing Nagoya Airport was not enough to satisfy the demands from the regional economy, and the airport was hampered by its location in a residential area of Aichi Prefecture, limiting the number of flights that can use the airport, as well as the hours in which they could operate.

With much lobbying by local business groups such as Toyota, especially for 24-hour cargo flights, construction started August 2000, with a budget of JPY¥768 billion (€5.5 billion, US$7.3 billion), but through efficient management nearly ¥100 billion was saved.[5] Penta-Ocean Construction was a major contractor.[6][unreliable source?]

According to Japanese media sources, Kodo-kai, a yakuza faction in the Yamaguchi-gumi group, earned an immense amount of money by being the sole supplier, via a front company called Samix, of dirt, rock, sand, and gravel for the airport construction project. Although several Samix executives were criminally indicted for racketeering, the prosecutions were later dropped. According to the sources, Kodo-kai had informants working within the Nagoya police who fed the organization inside information which allowed them to stay a step ahead of investigating authorities.[7]

When Chubu Centrair opened on 17 February 2005, it took over almost all of the existing Nagoya Airport's commercial flights, and relieved Tokyo and Kansai areas of cargo shipments. As a replacement for Nagoya Airport, it also inherited its IATA airport code NGO. The airport opened in time to service the influx of visitors for Expo 2005, located near Nagoya.

Route withdrawals


There were several withdrawals from Chubu Centrair after the airport commenced its operation. American Airlines operated a route to Chicago for less than seven months in 2005, but said the service was "not as profitable as we had hoped".[8] In 2008, after a few years of service from Chubu Centrair, several airlines cancelled certain flights and put others on hiatus, including Malaysia Airlines' suspension of flight to Kuala Lumpur,[9] Jetstar ending its airport operation, Continental Airlines stopping its Honolulu flight and United Airlines' suspension of flights to San Francisco, citing low premium cabin demand. This flight also continued to Chicago until 2007.[10] Emirates and HK Express left the airport in 2009, although HK Express resumed service from September 2014. Japan Airlines also ended its flights to Paris in 2009, Bangkok in 2020 and Dallas/Fort Worth in 2022. Garuda Indonesia ended service from Denpasar in March 2012, returned to Nagoya with the opening of direct flights from Jakarta in March 2019, then suspended services once again in March 2020. EVA Air left the airport in June 2012. TransAsia Airways subsidiary V Air withdrew from Centrair and ended operations in October 2016.

Northwest Airlines operated routes from Nagoya to Detroit, Guam, Manila, Saipan, and Tokyo–Narita prior to its 2009 merger with Delta Air Lines.[11] Delta took over this operation and added a Honolulu route in 2010, growing to nine daily flights at Nagoya, but cancelled most of these services over the next decade. Delta's last two routes at Nagoya, Detroit and Honolulu, were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The Detroit route resumed on a weekly basis in April 2021, but Delta announced its permanent cancellation in 2023.[12]

Aichi Sky Expo


An exposition center on the airport's island was opened on August 30, 2019. The exposition center has six exhibition halls each being 10,000 m2 (110,000 sq ft).[13] Events held at the venue include the 2019 edition of the Wired Music Festival on September 7 and 8.[14]

Future developments


2nd runway


Aichi Governor Hideaki Omura announced in December 2021 that two new runways were planned at the airport: a 3,290 m (10,790 ft) parallel runway to the east of the existing runway, to be completed in 2027, and after the landfill expansion work on the west side of the airport, a 3,500 m (11,500 ft) runway there, which would replace the existing runway.[15]

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan has begun preparations for construction of Chubu Centrair Airport's second runway in 2024. The new 3,290 m (10,790 ft) runway will be built 210 m (690 ft) east of the current runway. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2025 and be completed in 2027.

Terminals and other major buildings

Main hall of arrival, at the conjuncture of the T-shaped building

Terminal 1

Entrance to Centrair's 4th Floor Sky Town
Shops in traditional Japanese style

Terminal 1 is the main terminal of the airport. The northern side of the terminal holds domestic flights, while the southern side holds international flights, each with dedicated ticket counters, security checkpoints and baggage carousels, and for international flights, immigration and customs facilities. Arrivals are processed on the second floor, and departures on the third. The lower level is used for maintenance, catering, and other ground operations, as well as for passenger buses to hardstands in the middle of the airport ramp. There are thirteen gates for domestic flights (including three bus gates), and fourteen for international flights (including three bus gates).

Sky Town Shopping Center is on the fourth floor, accessible to the general public, with 61 shops and restaurants, organized into two "streets", Renga-dori[16] and Chochin-yokocho.[17] The Chochin-yokocho shops are individually themed to have an authentic Japanese look.[17]

Terminal 2


Terminal 2 caters to both domestic and international flights for budget airlines, with 11 gates for international flights and 9 gates for domestic flights.[18] There is a shuttle bus connecting Terminals 1 and 2.[19]

It opened on September 20, 2019.

Flight of Dreams

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner at the Flight of Dreams section of the airport

A Seattle-themed retail complex called "Flight of Dreams" opened in 2018, with the first-ever prototype Boeing 787 Dreamliner as a display centerpiece.[20] Boeing started in Seattle and many of its planes are still built in the area. Some components of the Boeing 787 are manufactured in Japan and are flown out of the airport to Seattle for final assembly.

Access Plaza


An access plaza contains the Central Japan International Airport Station as well as other services. It is located in front of and connected to Terminal 1 and provides access through the P1 parking lot passage to the Flight of Dreams and Terminal 2.

Boeing facilities


The Boeing Dreamlifter Operations Center is located on the airport's apron, to the south of the main terminal. This facility is used to store Japanese components of the Boeing 787 aircraft, including wings, while awaiting airlift to the assembly facility in the US.[21] Dreamlifter aircraft have operated from Centrair since 2007 and make several trips a week to Boeing's 787 assembly plant at Charleston International Airport.[22]


Annual passenger traffic at NKM NGO airports. See Wikidata query.

Airlines and destinations



Air Busan Busan,[23] Seoul–Incheon[24]
Air China Beijing–Capital,[25] Shanghai–Pudong
Air Do Hakodate, Sapporo–Chitose
All Nippon Airways Fukuoka, Ishigaki, Memanbetsu, Miyako, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita
Seasonal: Asahikawa
ANA Wings Akita, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Naha, Sapporo–Chitose, Sendai, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita
Seasonal: Hakodate
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Batik Air Malaysia Kaohsiung,[26] Kuala Lumpur–International, Taipei–Taoyuan[27]
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong,[28] Taipei–Taoyuan[29]
Cebu Pacific Manila
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan
China Eastern Airlines Shanghai–Pudong,[30] Yantai (resumes 3 September 2024)[31]
China Southern Airlines Dalian[25]
Finnair Helsinki[32]
Fuji Dream Airlines Izumo,[33] Kōchi-Ryoma[34]
HK Express Hong Kong
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong[35]
Ibex Airlines Fukuoka, Kagoshima,[36] Kumamoto, Matsuyama, Niigata, Ōita, Sendai
Japan Airlines Honolulu, Sapporo–Chitose, Shanghai–Pudong, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tianjin, Tokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita
Seasonal: Obihiro
Japan Transocean Air Naha
Seasonal: Ishigaki, Miyako
Jeju Air Seoul–Incheon
Jetstar Japan Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Manila,[37] Naha, Sapporo–Chitose
Jin Air Seoul–Incheon[38]
Juneyao Air Beijing–Daxing,[39] Nanjing, Shanghai–Pudong[40]
Korean Air Busan, Seoul–Incheon
Charter: Muan[41]
Oriental Air Bridge Akita, Fukuoka,[42] Miyazaki[43]
Peach Naha,[44] Sapporo–Chitose, Sendai, Taipei–Taoyuan[45]
Philippine Airlines Cebu, Manila
Shanghai Airlines Shanghai–Pudong
Shenzhen Airlines Shenzhen[46]
Singapore Airlines Singapore
Skymark Airlines Kagoshima, Naha, Sapporo–Chitose
Solaseed Air Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Naha
Spring Airlines Dalian,[47] Shanghai–Pudong[30]
StarFlyer Fukuoka, Taipei–Taoyuan
Starlux Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan[48]
Thai AirAsia X Bangkok–Don Mueang (begins 1 October 2024),[49] Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi (ends 30 September 2024)
Thai Airways International Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Tianjin Airlines Tianjin[50]
Tigerair Taiwan Kaohsiung,[51] Taichung,[52] Taipei–Taoyuan
T'way Air Jeju
United Airlines Guam
VietJet Air Hanoi[53]
Charter: Da Nang
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City


DHL Aviation[citation needed] Anchorage, Cincinnati, Charleston (SC), Everett, Hong Kong, Leipzig/Halle, Seoul–Incheon, Taipei–Taoyuan, Taranto-Grottaglie, Wichita–McConnell
JAL Cargo Seoul–Incheon,[54] Shanghai–Pudong, Tokyo–Narita[54]
National Airlines[citation needed] Anchorage, Los Angeles
ULS Airlines Cargo[citation needed] Hong Kong, Istanbul

Ground transportation



Meitetsu's μSky Limited Express (right) and Limited Express (left)

Central Japan International Airport Station, the train station for Centrair is located on the Meitetsu Airport Line operated by Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu). The fastest "μSky Limited Express" service connects the airport to Meitetsu Nagoya Station in 28 minutes. All μSky Limited Express are operating at a max speed of 120 km/h by 2000 series trains, which have all seats designated and it is required to purchase an extra 360 yen "special limited express ticket".[55] Meitetsu Nagoya Station is adjacent to JR Nagoya Station, allowing transfers to Shinkansen bullet trains bound for not only Tokyo and Osaka but also many major cities, as well as JR, Meitetsu, and Kintetsu local trains, and the Nagoya Municipal Subway.

There is a proposal for a JR line linking Centrair to Nagoya Station and the JR network through Taketoyo Line's Okkawa Station. However, no actual construction works have been implemented at the moment.

There's also a proposal for Aonami line linking Centrair to Nagoya Station by constructing a tunnel or bridge. Nagoya municipal government has acted the assessment of feasibility in 2019.[56]



Centrair Limousine provides direct bus service to and from central Nagoya, Sakae, and major hotels.[57] It is operated by a private bus company in Mie Prefecture. High-speed buses to the neighboring prefectures for 3,000 yen to Kyoto via Mie Prefecture have been operating.[58][59]



A ferry connects to the passenger terminal in Tsu – a 40-minute trip.



A toll road, the Chitaōdan Road, links Centrair and the mainland.[60]



Bicycles are not allowed on the Centrair Bridge toll road to the mainland. Cyclists departing the airport must either take a Meitetsu local train one stop to Rinkū Tokoname Station or a taxi across the bridge to the Rinkū Interchange north of Aeon Mall Tokoname.


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