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Chubu Centrair Intl Airport

Chūbu Centrair International Airport
Chūbu Kokusai Kūkō
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd. (CJIAC)
Serves Nagoya, Japan
Location Tokoname, Aichi, Japan
Hub for Japan Airlines
Elevation AMSL 15 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 34°51′30″N 136°48′19″E / 34.85833°N 136.80528°E / 34.85833; 136.80528Coordinates: 34°51′30″N 136°48′19″E / 34.85833°N 136.80528°E / 34.85833; 136.80528
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 3,500 11,483 Concrete/Asphalt
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan

Chūbu Centrair International Airport (中部国際空港 Chūbu Kokusai Kūkō) (IATA: NGO, ICAO: RJGG) is an airport on an artificial island in Ise Bay, Tokoname City in Aichi Prefecture, 35 km (22 mi) south of Nagoya in central Japan.

Centrair is classified as a first class airport and is the main international gateway for the Chūbu ("central") region of Japan. The name "Centrair" (セントレア Sentorea) is an abbreviation of Central Japan International Airport, an alternate translation used in the English name of the airport's operating company, Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd. (中部国際空港株式会社 Chūbu Kokusai Kūkō Kabushiki-gaisha).

Some 11,721,673 people used the airport in the 2006, ranking 8th busiest in the nation. 273,874 tons of cargo was moved in 2005.

For the fiscal year ending in March of 2009, the above figures have dropped considerably to 10.8 million passengers. Combined international and domestic cargo figures totaled just 162,000 tons for the same year, a dramatic drop that can be largely blamed on the substantially weakened manufacturing economy since the fall of 2008 in the Aichi region.


JAL and ANA operations at Chūbu International Airport
JAL and ANA operations at Chūbu International Airport

Chūbu is Japan's third off-shore airport, after Nagasaki Airport and Kansai International Airport, and is also the second airport built in Japan on a manmade island. There are currently 5 offshore airports in Japan, including Kobe Airport and Kitakyushu Airport.

With much lobbying by local business groups such as Toyota, especially for 24 hour cargo flights, construction started August 2000, with a budget of JPY¥768 billion (€5.5 billion, US$7.3 billion), but through efficient management nearly ¥100 billion was saved. PentaOcean Construction was a major contractor.

In addition to cost cutting measures, a number of environmental protection measures had been taken after learning from Kansai International Airport. The artificial island itself was shaped like the rounded letter "D" so that sea currents inside the bay will flow freely. Its shores were partially constructed with natural rocks and sloped to aid sea lifeforms to set up colonies. During the construction a species of Little Tern occasionally came, so a part of it was selected and set aside to aid nesting.

When the airport opened on February 17, 2005, it took over almost all of the existing Nagoya Airport (now Nagoya Airfield)'s commercial flights, and relieved Tokyo and Kansai areas of cargo shipments. As a replacement for Nagoya Airport, it also inherited its IATA airport code NGO. The airport's opening anticipated the Expo 2005 in Aichi Prefecture. The airport is speculated to have some competition with Shizuoka Airport, which opened on June 4, 2009.

Japan Airlines (JAL) was the first airline to land an aircraft at Centrair: A Boeing 767-300ER, carrying around 206 passengers onboard a charter flight from Saipan to commemorate the opening of Centrair.


The airport has undertaken airport ramp expansion in 7 locations starting in 2006, scheduled to be done in 2010. A second 4,000 m (13,000 ft) runway is planned, adding an extra 3 km (1.2 sq mi) of area, 300 m (980 ft) from the existing runway. This project is scheduled to be funded in 2008, costing ¥2 trillion (about $17 billion).

There is considerable debate about the need for a second runway given reductions in both passenger numbers and aircraft movements in the last two years.

Main terminal

Gates at Centrair
Gates at Centrair

Main hall of arrival, at the conjuncture of the
Main hall of arrival, at the conjuncture of the "T"-shaped building

The main terminal is shaped like a "T," with three piers radiating from a central ticketing area. This design keeps check-in distances below 300 m (980 ft). Originally, designers planned to make the main terminal resemble an origami crane from above, but this plan was abandoned due to cost.

The northern side of the terminal holds domestic flights, while the southern side holds international flights, each with dedicated ticket counters, security checkpoints and baggage carousels, and for international flights, immigration and customs facilities.

Arrivals are processed on the second floor, and departures on the third. The lower level is used for maintenance, catering, and other ground operations, as well as for passenger buses to hardstands in the middle of the airport ramp.

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
Air China Beijing-Capital, Chengdu, Shanghai-Pudong
All Nippon Airways Hakodate, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Naha, Oita, Ozora (Memanbetsu), Sapporo-Chitose, Seoul-Incheon, Shanghai-Pudong [ends October 31], Wakkanai [seasonal]
All Nippon Airways operated by Air Central Akita, Fukuoka, Matsuyama, Niigata, Sendai, Tokushima, Tokyo-Narita, Yonago
Asiana Airlines Seoul-Incheon
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong, Taipei-Taoyuan
China Airlines Kaohsiung, Taipei-Taoyuan
China Eastern Airlines Beijing-Capital, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai-Pudong, Xi'an
China Southern Airlines Changchun, Dalian, Guangzhou, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang
Continental Airlines operated by Continental Micronesia Guam
Delta Air Lines Detroit, Guam, Honolulu [begins 22 December], Manila, Saipan
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
EVA Air Taipei-Taoyuan
Finnair Helsinki
Garuda Indonesia Denpasar/Bali
Japan Airlines Aomori, Naha, Sapporo-Chitose, Shanghai-Pudong, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tianjin
Japan Airlines operated by JAL Express Kagoshima, Sendai, Tokyo-Narita
Japan Airlines operated by JALways Honolulu
Japan Airlines operated by Japan Transocean Air Ishigaki
Jeju Air Seoul-Gimpo
Korean Air Busan, Jeju, Seoul-Incheon
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Philippine Airlines Manila
Singapore Airlines Singapore
Thai Airways International Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
Vietnam Airlines Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

:A.^ An additional "international" flight between Nagoya and Tokyo-Narita allows connections to other Delta destinations in Asia and the United States.

Scheduled cargo airlines and destinations

  • AirBridgeCargo Airlines
  • Air Hong Kong
  • Asiana Cargo
  • DHL Express
  • Evergreen International Airlines/Boeing
  • JAL Cargo
  • Kalitta Air (Anchorage, Chicago-O'Hare, Newark)
  • Korean Air Cargo
  • Nippon Cargo Airlines
  • UPS Airlines



Meitetsu's μSky Limited Express (right) and Limited Express (left)
Meitetsu's μSky Limited Express (right) and Limited Express (left)

Central Japan International Airport Station, the train station for Centrair is located on the Meitetsu Airport Line operated by Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu). The fastest "μSky Limited Express" service connects the airport to Meitetsu-Nagoya Station in 28 minutes. Meitetsu Nagoya is adjacent to JR Nagoya Station, allowing transfers to Shinkansen high-speed trains bound for Kyoto and Shizuoka, as well as JR, Meitetsu, and Kintetsu local trains, and the Nagoya Municipal Subway.


Scheduled bus service is available to a number of locations throughout central Japan.


Three high-speed ferry services link Centrair to the west side of Ise Bay. One ferry connects to the passenger terminal in Tsu - a 40-minute trip. Another ferry links Matsusaka to Tokoname, taking 45 minutes.

Entrance to Centrair's 4th Floor Sky Town
Entrance to Centrair's 4th Floor Sky Town


A toll road links Centrair and the mainland.


Shops in traditional Japanese style
Shops in traditional Japanese style

Centrair features the 4th Floor Sky Town shopping center, accessible to the general public, with 61 shops and restaurants. organized into two "streets," Renga-dori and Chochin-yokocho. The Chochin-yokocho shops are individually themed to have an authentic Japanese look.

There is a duty-free area in the international departure area on the 3rd floor as well.

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General Info
Country Japan
Time UTC+9
Latitude 34.858414
34° 51' 30.29" N
Longitude 136.805408
136° 48' 19.47" E
Elevation 15 feet
5 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 007° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Island Group HONSHU I
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

TWR 118.85
2300 - 1200Z
RDR 125.5
GND 121.8
DEP 120.0
CLD 121.85
ATIS 121.075
Opr 0000-0800Z
Communications Remarks  
ATIS Digital ATIS svc avbl.

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
18/36 11483 x 197 feet
3500 x 60 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME CBE CHUBU 125X 117.8 At Field -

Oil Available (Types unknown)

CSTMS/AG/IMG 24 hrs.
LGT PAPI Rwy 18/36 MEHT 66'.
MISC Rwy grooved.
OIL All turbine grades.

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