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From NAIA to Narita
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I used to fly Northwest Airlines a lot during the ’90s, between Manila and New York, and I had forgotten how nice it was.
These days Northwest is known as Delta Airlines, and last January I received an email from Delta offering ticket sales that seemed too good to be true. Business class to Narita started at US$589, plus taxes of US$240, came to about US$829.
Last year Jeroen and I cancelled our anniversary trip to Japan because of Yolanda, so I thought this was a good time to go and see if I can get a three-year visa (I did!). Never mind that the weather is a bit too cold for me.
Last Thursday, we left the house at 5 AM and arrived a bit early at NAIA for our 7:45 AM flight.
Good news: the airport looks like it’s finally getting renovated.
Never mind the chairs and the carpet—these should be gone soon. We hope.

NAIA
NAIA

Those horrible souvenir shops and food stalls are now boarded up.

NAIA
NAIA

Hopefully to make way to better brands, edible food, and more international-friendly concepts (read: not native). Eek.

NAIA Terminal 1

The Delta flight was so pleasant! I am not a morning person. I did not sleep a wink because I had to wake up at 4:30 AM, so the flat bed seat with a view of my husband was really comforting to me.

Delta

I slept for most of the flight. Or I prayed even thought it was only slightly bumpy. I am still afraid of flying. But the flight attendants were so nice, like Badette who reads my blog and Stephen who is an old friend of ours.

Delta

Also met a reader named Gem or Jem who said hi to me before boarding 🙂
Travel tip: if you have a cold/cough, Drixine will be your best friend 30 minutes before landing.
Spray this into your nostrils to avoid painful eardrums and temporary deafness on the plane.

Drixine

We landed safely at Narita, which was amazingly deserted. I have never seen this before.

Narita airport

This was after 12 noon. Why oh why??

Narita airport
Narita airport

I don’t understand

Narita airport

We got our luggage quickly and was out of there in minutes.

Narita airport

Is that why the tickets were on sale? Is everyone landing at Haneda instead?
Somebody please explain.

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K

I’d be happy if ganito din eksena (at NAIA) when arriving at manila haha.

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flygirl29

Hi, I was on that flight and I think it arrived earlier than scheduled. NRT is usually busier from 2:30 p.m. onwards. Btw, Stephen and Badette are two of our best FAs in DL! 🙂

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CVS Reply:

i agree!!

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Jirits

I misread it. Akala ko from NAIA to NAIRITA. Usual na mairita sa NAIA.

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Oreo

Still a bit scared of the radiation issue. Esp now that Singapore is being invaded by the Japanese. Ninety percent of my neighbors are Japanese. And they started to crowd Singapore noticeably after the Fukushima incident.

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Ironlady

1. First, it’s because of your arrival time.

2. Second, there are few passengers disembarking at NRT on a Delta flight from MNL. If I’m not mistaken, it’s only 12% of the entire flight. The flight you’re in just had a stop-over at Narita for refueling, then continue its journey somewhere in the States.

* There’s no radiation threat or something. Tokyo is very crowded with foreign tourist these days.

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Christopher Sevilla

It was not crowded when I also arrived around noon 2 weeks ago..maybe it is the timing after 2 PM might be busy

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Tiffany B

i heard that a lot of people are wary of the radiation in Japan so there are substantially less tourists.

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Zel

WOW.

Thank you for this post. Now I know what to expect when I arrive in Narita in August. I won’t be so freaked out. 🙂

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Christopher Sevilla Reply:

Obon Yasumi starts in August so it might be very crowded

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Zel Reply:

Oh boy…

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Christopher Sevilla

Obon Yasumi starts in August so it might be very crowded

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Zel

Oh boy…

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tim

its only during that time. im a flight attendant and trust, starting at 3pm onwards, its hell. lol

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CVS Reply:

okay 🙂

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gusm

Narita only serves international flights so the arrival part of the airport is never packed unless several flights come in within the same space of time. The departure part of Narita is usually busier. Haneda is mostly used for domestic flights although, I think, more international or regional flights are using it now because it is much closer to Tokyo than Narita.

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JanineVincent

yaiks, looks like a ghost town! Creepy

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