18 Oct 2017

Japanese to manage, expand Palau airport

6:24 pm on 18 October 2017

The operator of Japan's main international airport is to manage and upgrade Palau's airport.

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Japan Airport Terminal, which operates Haneda airport in Tokyo, has entered into a joint venture with Palau International Airport Corporation.

Palau's airport has a two-kilometre runway and receives mid-range jets.

However the Japan Times reported Palau's government-run terminal was prone to over crowding and is short of seats.

A Japan Airport Terminal spokesman said these shortfalls were damaging the passenger experience in Palau.

He said the expansion of the terminal and other infrastructure at a cost of $US31 million would benefit Palau's tourism.

In 2015, more than 160,000 people visited Palau of whom around 30,000 were Japanese.

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