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Airport privatisation in Japan

Changes to Japanese legislation mean opportunities for UK companies in the airport management and infrastructure sector are emerging.

Airport Privatisation in Japan

With the change of Japan’s private finance initiatives (PFI) law, concession style public private partnerships have become possible. The Japanese government are looking at selling the concessions to run some of its airports.

Airport management is a new business in Japan and would require new skill-sets and services/products to make it viable and successful. The UK’s considerable experience and expertise in this field could open up significant opportunities.

As well as many local airports up for possible privatisation, Japan has astounded the global aviation industry with the mega-concession of the New Kansai International Airport. This is a 45 year concession valued at JPY2.2 trillion. It also has the potential to set a good precedent for Japan to accelerate its airport privatisation plans in the future.

Understand the opportunities

Our recorded webinar will provide you with detailed insight into this new area of opportunity. It will be of particular interest to companies who provide consultancy services, airport planning and design services, and suppliers of services/equipment for airports.

You can gain business knowledge of:

  • why Japan is turning to privatisation
  • detail and progress on the New Kansai Airport deal
  • the governing framework for airport privatisation in Japan
  • how UK companies can penetrate these opportunities

Watch our video to take your next steps towards doing business in Japan.

Preview: Airport Privatisation in Japan Webinar

About our speakers

Don Stokes, partner at Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer, has particular experience of advising on infrastructure and energy projects in Japan as well as many Southeast Asian markets. His firm has been acting as an advisor for the New Kansai International Airport Company (NKIAC).

Soichiro Suda, Director of Infrastructure Advisory at EY Transaction Services, has considerable experience in this sector. He has been with EY since 2012, but prior to that was with Mitsubishi Corporation for 17 years working on project finance for energy and infrastructure.

Next steps

Watch the full webinar to understand how your company could interact in the new developments of the airport industry in Japan.

Contact the UKTI Japan team for further advice and support on doing business in Japan.

Published 3 July 2015