A growing number of travelers are opting to spend the night at Narita Airport to catch the early-morning flights of low-cost carriers.
A year has passed since the airport opened its domestic flight gates to low-cost carriers.
Currently, two budget airlines--Jetstar Japan and AirAsia Japan--offer regular domestic flights at Narita, connecting the airport with locations such as Hokkaido and the Kyushu region.
A total of about 400 flights between the two airlines arrive at or depart from the airport every week. The number of passengers on all domestic flights at Narita increased by 90 percent in fiscal 2012 from the previous year.
As a result, it has become common to see passengers awaiting an early flight the following day curled up in a corner of a terminal to save on hotels.
Narita International Airport Corp., the company that manages the facility, previously forbade passengers from staying overnight.
However, in response to the changing needs of such travelers, the airport decided to change the rule. Additionally, next Wednesday, a 24-hour convenience store will begin operating on the fourth floor of the Terminal 2 building.
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