Narita's new taxiway to boost aircraft handling capacity

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Narita International Airport has opened a new taxiway that will boost its aircraft handling capacity by around 8%.

The new 700m (0.43 miles) taxiway will increase access to the airport's 16L/34R runway, and raise Narita's capacity to handle 270,000 aircraft movements annually, up from the current 250,000.

The Japanese airport has also opened a 67,000m² (721,000ft²) area with parking stands for 10 narrowbody and five widebody aircraft.

To enhance the airport's competitiveness in preparation of the upcoming open skies, Narita has also announced that it will be lowering international landing fees by an average of 5.5% from April.

Narita airport handled 32.8 million passengers and 209,000 aircraft movements last year.