Narita Airport Terminal 2 Shuttle System

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Narita Airport Terminal 2 Shuttle System
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The Narita Airport Terminal 2 Shuttle System in March 2008
Overview
Locale Terminal 2 of Narita International Airport, Narita, Japan
Transit type People mover
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 2
Operation
Began operation 6 December 1992
Ended operation 27 September 2013
Operator(s) Narita International Airport Corporation
Technical
System length 279 m (915 ft)

The Narita Airport Terminal 2 Shuttle System (成田空港第2ターミナルシャトルシステム Narita Kūkō Dai-ni Tāminaru Shatoru Shisutemu?) was an automated people mover used in Narita International Airport, Narita, Chiba Japan. The system operated between December 6, 1992 and 2013.

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The Shuttle System opened in 1992 with the opening of Terminal 2 of Narita International Airport, the international airport serving the Greater Tokyo Area. The shuttle linked the main building of the terminal and its satellite, 279 metres away. The whole ride took a minute, and was free of charge.

The system was made by Nippon Otis Elevator, a company specialising in elevators and escalators. It was technically (and legally) not a railway, but a horizontal elevator; cars were attached to a cable that moved them, like a funicular. The cars did not have wheels; instead, they float on a 0.2-millimetre layer of pressured air. This was the first use of such a system to be used in an airport, as well as the first in Japan.[citation needed]

A new walkway between the main and satellite buildings had opened on September 27, 2013, following which the people mover ceased operations.[1] The space formerly used by the walkway was converted into moving walkways and shops.

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