• Short Summary

    Although Tokyo's new international airport at Narita, 40 miles (64 kilometres) from Tokyo, was completed two years ago, birds have provided the majority of its airborne traffic so far.

  • Description

    Although Tokyo's new international airport at Narita, 40 miles (64 kilometres) from Tokyo, was completed two years ago, birds have provided the majority of its airborne traffic so far.

    Because of continued opposition from resident groups in the area and radical students the ultra-modern passenger terminals have never been used and experts predict that the ghost airport will stand in its solitary splendour until at least some time next year.

    Tokyo desperately needs the new facility and it has cost 1? billion dollars (? of a billion pounds sterling) to build, and is costing 85 thousand dollars (42 thousand pounds sterling) a day to maintain.

    The main problem stems from the fact that opponents of the airport have fought its construction tooth and nail from the beginning. Their protests have already stalled eight different opening dates and the latest hold-up is the result of their refusal to allow the construction of the airport's lifeline - a 27 mile (45 kilometres) pipeline to bring jet fuel to the airport.

    In the past such disputes have been solved in the traditional Japanese way - by conciliation and compromise. But in this case the time honoured methods have proved ineffective. So much so that two years ago three policemen were killed in a violent anti-airport demonstration in Narita.

    In anticipation of the five million estimated passengers expected to fly into the new airport each year speculators built luxury hotels close-by. Many will not open until the airport does-but others are at present operating on a 25 per cent occupancy and have dropped their rates to 10 dollars (5 pounds sterling) a night.

    Although some air cargo has been landed at Narita in recent months it is generally believed the new airport will not open until at least 1976 - and even then many experts say that in many ways it will end up being obsolete.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC0ET4J2TZPBALK6R84LDR8M5S
    Media URN:
    VLVAC0ET4J2TZPBALK6R84LDR8M5S
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/11/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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