Chubu International Airport (NGO) in Japan is reportedly planning the construction of a second runway and overhaul the existing runway.

Aichi Prefecture Governor Hideaki Omura said that the new 3,290m runway will be built within a five-year period by upgrading an existing taxiway, which is located 210m east of the current runway.

This new runway is estimated to require an investment of nearly $123.3m (JPY14bn) and will be dedicated to flight departures.

The 2005-built existing runway, spanning 3,500m, will be used for arrivals upon completion of the new runway.

Speaking at a news conference, Omura said that the airport’s arrival and departure capacity will grow by 20% after the two runways become operational.

He added that the project will be financially backed by the central and the prefectural governments indirectly.

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Initially, the second runway was planned at a reclaimed land near the airport, but the plan was changed as reclamation work was found to require nearly 15 years of time.

Omura also hinted about the airport’s plan to construct a third runway, to replace the existing 3,500m lane, after completion of the landfill project.

Meanwhile, in another development in Japan’s aviation sector this October, Kansai Airports partnered with security firm Secom to deploy a surveillance robot.

Earlier this year, Narita International Airport (NRT) started trialling shoe screening equipment, which can detect banned items automatically without requiring travellers to take off their shoes.