​IATA has called on Japan to prepare its airport infrastructure for the 2020 Olympics and future growth of the tourism industry using joined-up thinking and extensive consultation with industry. Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, focused on three areas in his speech to the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan: infrastructure costs, efficiency and capacity, and connectivity.

  • Infrastructure costs: de Juniac noted that while Japanese airports are no longer the most expensive in the world, they need to do more to reduce costs. In particular, he called for economic regulation of airports to ensure there is a proper balance of public and commercial interests when charges are set.
  • Efficiency and capacity: de Juniac urged Japan to develop a comprehensive plan to make Japan’s air transport infrastructure more competitive, including (1) implementing Smart Security in time for the 2020 Olympic Games, (2) prioritizing the implementation of self-service technology (mobile boarding passes, home-printed bag tags) for international travelers, (3) alleviating air traffic congestion by opening more airspace over central Tokyo, (4) maximizing existing capacity before building new infrastructure for specific business models, and (5) clarifying the long term roles of Tokyo’s 2 airports – Haneda and Narita.
  • Connectivity: continue to build the right conditions to support the growth of long haul and hub connectivity to Japan.

The full text of de Juniac’s remarks to the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan is available.