Noting a decline in international transient aircraft, Nakanihon Air Service, one of two FBOs at Japan’s Aichi Prefecture Nagoya Airport (RJNA), will cease ground-handling operations at the end of September. Among the reasons cited for the decision were the many delays in the Mitsubishi Regional Jet program based at the airport, as the anticipated uptick in business aircraft activity associated with the program never materialized.
In 2005, after the opening of the larger Chubu Centair International siphoned away the commercial activity from RJNA, the airport was purchased by the Aichi prefectural government with the intention of developing it as a dedicated business aviation airport, with high-speed rail links to Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.
“Our airport was the first of its kind in Japan, and we developed a comprehensive and efficient model to handle all the needs of our customers,” said Misao “Mickey” Nagae, general manager of Nakanihon’s international business aircraft enterprise division. “Nakanihon filled an important need in providing quick services to aircraft that would have otherwise been unable to access the Tokyo airports in a reasonable time frame.” That situation changed, he added, starting in 2010 with improved business aviation acceptance at Haneda and Narita airports.
The move will leave Aero Asahi as the lone business aviation services provider at Nagoya.