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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Narita's Fast-Lane Immigration Service A Dud, So Far

Above, the meeting point at Narita Int. Airport Terminal One arrival lobby. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

One project that Japan had initiated to make the country more tourist-friendly this past year has not been very successful, according to an article in the Japan Times.

They wrote:
Few passengers are using the fast-lane immigration service at Narita International Airport, four months after Tokyo’s main gateway became the first airport in Japan to introduce the service, the transport ministry and the airport’s operator said Saturday. 
The average number of daily users stands at 10 after the airport in Chiba Prefecture launched fast lanes on March 30 targeting foreign visitors such as conference attendees and VIPs. 
A total of eight lanes were set up at Terminals 1 and 2, based on an estimate that each flight would bring about five users. 
Passengers are allowed to enter the special lanes upon showing a coupon provided in advance by their carrier.
I have to wonder if there just hasn't been enough publicity for the fast-lanes to make people even aware of them.

To read more, go here.

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