A consortium comprising Nishi-Nippon Railroad, Mitsubishi Corporation, Changi Airports International (CAI) and Kyushu Electric Power today (August 1) signed an agreement with Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) for the operation of Fukuoka Airport. Handover of operations is expected to take place on April 1, 2019.
In line with the original proposal, the consortium seeks to transform Fukuoka Airport and has set its sights on obtaining a five-star rating from aviation consultancy Skytrax.
In an effort to expand the airport’s domestic and international flight networks, the consortium will also look to offer simplified landing-fee structures and long-term discounts in order to secure flight routes.
Other improvements will include a wider selection of food and beverage outlets, retail options, and on-site entertainment.
In addition, the consortium will continue to work with local businesses to revitalize the airport, and help stimulate economic development across Kyushu and the rest of Western Japan.