A lot of non-Japanese (and Japanese) residents in Japan will sigh with relief at this news. Japan’s notoriously closed and expensive flight market – characterised by monopolistic airlines like JAL or ANA – will finally open up to more low cost competition.
Narita International Airport’s third terminal opened on April 8th 2015, a terminal solely dedicated to LCC (Low Cost Carrier) airlines.
Adhering to a low cost philosophy also the terminal 3 design was handled on a budget and costed approximately half of the usual amount.
To cut costs, we opted not to install the typical moving walkways or illuminated signs. Instead, to offer an exciting walking experience that is easy on the feet, we implemented running tracks used for track and field, and added signage for user-friendly guidance. [...]
The key to the architecture and design is “more than 2 into 1.” Consolidating two or more functionalities into one in pursuit of economic reasonability. In short, treasuring designs “with a twist without spending a lot of money.” – PARTY
The creative direction of the terminal 3 design was overseen by PARTY and construction was handled by Nikkei Sekken. Further, to keep cost down the terminal interior makes use of regular retail furniture produced by MUJI.