Living inside Narita Airport

This might explain why it always takes so long to taxi at Narita. Oliver at TokyoAhead points us to Google Earth photos that apparently show the contorsions that had to be done in building Narita airport due to Land-owners who refused to sell up.
The difficulties that the Japanese Government encountered in appropriating land for Narita and the effect on the airport, in terms of construction delays and shortened runways, were major reasons for the construction of Kansai and Chubu airports on reclaimed land. You can read more about the controversy surrounding the airport on AsiaCable and at Wikipedia.

2 Comments so far

  1. Martin F (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 7:59 pm

    Narita is a great airport, I’m always glad to be back. OK, it’s a bit far, but where else could they have put it. Ishihara’s idea to kick out the Americans and create an international airport at Yokota Air Force Base sounds like fun. I wonder why he had to give up on that?


  2. James Hart (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 10:19 am

    I guess Yokota would just be such a political mess that it wouldn’t be worth it. It’s a further from the centre of Tokyo as well.
    Haneda is in a much better location. I don’t know why they don’t try to expand there more instead.



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