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Civil Aviation

The civil aviation industry grew steadily during the 1980s, with increased demand for both domestic and international services. Increases in the number of passengers on each type of route reached more than 10 percent per year. Direct service is provided between the New Tokyo International Airport at Narita-Sanrizuka, seventy kilometers northeast of Tokyo, and nearly every country in the world via Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, and most other international carriers. Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and and the airports at Osaka, Nagoya, Nagasaki, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, and Naha also handle some international flights, and the new Kansai International Airport built on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, was expected to be in service in 1994. Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, and Japan Air System also provided connections between most major Japanese cities, and South-West Air Lines operated scheduled flights to major islands in the Ryukyus. In 1990 Japanese carriers served more than 65 million passengers. Although air cargo accounted only for a small proportion of all cargo transported both domestically and internationally--approximately 5 billion tonkilometers in 1990--the rate of air cargo growth was very high.

Data as of January 1994