A gaggle of Star Alliance member chief executives flew in to this weekend's IATA AGM in Paris from Tokyo, fresh from opening their latest joint airport operation. From Friday 2 June, the new home at Narita Airport for 10 Star carriers will be the south wing of Terminal 1. The alliance says the carriers will share the biggest dedicated Star-branded terminal in Asia.
Star carriers Air Canada, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Swiss, Thai and United have all been co-located in the south wing of Narita’s Terminal 1.
Jaan Albrecht, Star Alliance chief executive, said: “Completing the co-location here in Narita is a milestone in our worldwide move-under-one-roof strategy. We now look forward to offering our customers a top-notch facility at what is one of our major hubs in northeast Asia.”
More than 120 self-service units have been installed, where Star Alliance members can check-in automatically. Other efficiencies include significant cuts to connection times. For international flights, minimum connection times can be reduced from 110 minutes to 45 minutes, and for international-domestic flights from 110 minutes to 75 minutes.
Star Alliance currently has ongoing co-location projects in Bangkok, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid, Miami and Paris.