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Narita Airport revises disaster continuity plan

The operator of Narita airport outside Tokyo has drawn up a comprehensive business continuity plan for major natural disasters.

Nearly 17,000 people were stranded at the airport in September when a typhoon disrupted transport links with the Tokyo metropolitan area.

The plan says the operator will close one of the two runways if a major blackout occurs, and use emergency power sources to enable takeoffs and landings for 72 hours.

It also says the operator needs to stockpile a four-day supply of drinking water and well water for people who become stranded at the airport.

In the case of a prolonged emergency, the operator will consult with the government and limit the number of incoming flights.

It will also ask the government to provide alternative methods of transport, including chartered buses.

The plan says evacuation orders and all other guidance at the airport should be provided in English, Chinese, and Korean in addition to Japanese.

The president of Narita International Airport Corporation, Akihiko Tamura, says the operator will improve its disaster preparedness by repeatedly conducting drills based on the plan.

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