New airport opens for commercial flights in Nagoya, Japan

NAGOYA, Japan -- All commercial airline traffic to Nagoya, Japan, including Northwest and Continental, began using a new airport Feb. 17, with twice as many gates, more check-in capacity and easier boarding procedures.

Northwest operates more flights at Nagoya than any other U.S. airline, with daily service from its Detroit hub; Manila, Philippines; and Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. It also offers service between Nagoya and its Tokyo hub.

Northwest said the changes mean its customers now can board via jet bridges instead of outdoor boarding stairs, as was the case at the old airport.

Continental also flies its own aircraft to Nagoya, from Guam and Honolulu. In addition, Delta offers code-share service from Seoul, Korea, on Korean Air. United will begin San Francisco-Nagoya service March 26, and American will launch service from Chicago April 3.

The new Central Japan International Airport, known as Centrair, was built on a man-made island and becomes the Japans third major international airport. It currently offers 271 flights per week to 25 international destinations, as well as 94 daily flights to 24 cities in Japan.

It is about 25 miles south of Nagoya, or about 30 to 40 minutes by car, train, rail, taxi or airport limousine service.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Andrew Compart at [email protected].

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