Haneda Airport (羽田空港, Haneda Kūkō, HND),
Formally known as Tokyo International Airport, is located less than 30 minutes south of central Tokyo, considerably closer to the city center than Narita Airport, Tokyo’s other airport. Compared to Narita Airport, Haneda Airport handles way more domestic flights, but fewer international flights. With over 60 million passengers per year overall, Haneda Airport is by far Japan’s busiest airport and ranks among the world’s five busiest airports.
Haneda Airport was opened in 1931. In 1978, the then newly constructed Narita Airport took over most of Tokyo’s international air traffic, while Haneda Airport was designated to handle the capital’s domestic air traffic. Haneda Airport resumed handling an increased number of international flights in 2010 with the completion of a new runway and a new international terminal building; however, most international flights (except those to nearby Asian destinations) were banned to often inconvenient early morning and late evening slots.