InterAviation Japan’s efforts to develop Japan’s business aviation sector have been highlighted in the April 2019 issue of Business Airport International magazine.
According to the article, the sector has been slow to develop in Japan for a number of reasons, including “strict regulations, a perception that business aviation is a luxury and not a necessary and limited on-the-ground facilities developed specifically for business jets.” However, while business jet ownership and usage within Japan is very limited, the number of aircraft visiting Japan from foreign destinations has been steadily increasing. Given the limited facilities and services for business jet operators, it has been up to private service providers such as IAJ to bridge the gap and ensure that operators receive the quality and range of service in Japan to which they are accustomed.
“One of IAJ’s priorities is to establish a one stop service to support our customers’ entire trip to Japan. Services shouldn’t stop at the airside, with just flight support and ground handling.”
– Ben Hada, IAJ Client Services and Accounts Manager
Major International Events Spur Changes in Business Aviation Sector
Commencing this year, Japan will be hosting a series of international events – the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the 2020 Olympics and the 2019 G20 Summit – which are expected to bring an unprecedented number of visitors and business jets to Japan. The industry is working with the Japanese government to develop on the regulatory reform critical to addressing this projected demand.
Among other things, according to Hada, “Tokyo’s airports are expanding the number of parking stands and slot availabilities for business aviation. CIQ (customs, immigration and quarantine) services at business jet terminals are becoming more flexible and accommodating, which is crucial to the development of business aviation.” Further, he notes that, “Automated CIQ formalities for business aviation would boost flexibility very much since CIQ offices have limited human resources that they tend to apply to scheduled flights.”
- Click to read the full article in the April 2019 issue of Business Airport International magazine.
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Article cited with kind permission from Business Airport International