Congestion at Narita Airport reached its peak on Saturday 26 with people leaving Japan to spend the year-end and New Year holidays overseas. The departure lobby for international flights was crowded with people from early morning.
According to Narita International Airport, the number of people who will use international flights at the year-end and New Year holidays is estimated at a total of 1,267,000, up 4% from a year earlier. As a result of the multiple terrorist attacks in Paris, people are avoiding routes for Europe and North America, while Hawaii, Guam, Taiwan and Hong Kong are popular destinations, according to the company.
This year, some people are turning their holiday into an extended nine-day break by taking Dec 28-31 off. Most employees return to work on Monday Jan 4. The return rush is expected to peak Jan 3.