In a move designed to speed up connections at Tokyo’s Narita
Airport, Star Alliance has announced that it will consolidate its
operations in a new, $636 million state-of-the-art facility at the
airport’s Terminal 1.
Under the plan, the South Wing of Narita Terminal 1 along with
Satellites 3, 4 and 5 will be the new home for Star Alliance
members ANA, Air Canada, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Lufthansa,
Scandinavian Airlines, SWISS, Singapore Airlines, THAI and United
A spokesman for Star Alliance predicted that by housing these
airlines all under one roof, connection times will be reduced from
110 to 45 minutes for international flights; from 130 minutes to 60
minutes for domestic to international flights; and from 110 minutes
to 75 minutes for international to domestic flights.
The 10 carriers sharing Terminal 1 will offer more than 794 weekly
flights to 30 destinations in 15 countries. In all, Star Alliance
currently provides 15,500 daily flights to 842 airports in 152
The Narita “co-location” (as it’s called) took five years to
complete and is one of several Star Alliance has planned for
airports around the world.
“Completing this co-location here in Narita is a milestone in our
worldwide ‘Move Under One Roof’ strategy,” said Jaan Albrecht, Star
Alliance CEO. “We now look forward to offering our customers a
top-notch facility at what is, after all, one of our major hubs in
Check-in areas at Terminal 1 for the 10 member carriers have been
arranged in zones according the class of travel, with Star Alliance
Gold Card holders being served in an exclusive area.
In addition, more that 120 self-service units have been installed
where customers can use automated check-in.
Rob Henderson, a spokesman for ANA, pointed out that clients
departing from the U.S. would also benefit from the consolidation
at Narita’s Terminal 1.
“If, for example, someone was flying on United Airlines from
Chicago to Fukuoka in southern Japan, they would only have to check
in once in Chicago,” he said. “Again, bags would have to be picked
up at Narita and taken through customs, but then dropped on a
conveyor. It’s all in the same building, so it’s very simple and
Other Star Alliance “co-location” projects are now underway in
Bangkok, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid and Paris Charles de
Air China and Shanghai Airlines recently announced their intention
to join Star Alliance, a process that usually takes a year. This
will increase the number of member carriers to 20. www.staralliance.com