Haneda Airport–Central Tokyo Train Ticket Prices Drop

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Haneda Airport–Central Tokyo Train Ticket Prices Drop

Keikyu railway operator announced fare reduction on train tickets between Haneda Airport and destinations in central Tokyo by about 30%. 

This move is especially welcomed as railway companies across Japan have recently raised prices to adjust to the 2 percent hike in consumption tax on October 1.

Yet the decrease in prices is likely to blow a 4 billion-yen (USD36.7 million) hole in the company's revenue. Keikyu already has quite a comfortable top share of 32 percent of the passenger traffic on the airport route. Yet the company believes that the risk of taking short-term losses will be compensated by future opportunities. 

It is not common to offer such huge reductions in railway sector globally hence the move drew a lot of attention to the company's service. Currently, Keikyu charges 300 yen (USD2.75) for a ride from Shinagawa Station to the airport, down from its previous 410-yen fare. The closest rival, Tokyo Monorail, an elevated line that runs along the western coast of Tokyo Bay, sells tickets from Haneda to Hamamatsucho for 500 yen. A limousine bus operated by Airport Transport Service will set you back more than twice as much as Keikyu's train ride – about 730 yen for a ride to Shinagawa Prince Hotel.

Reportedly, the lower prices are already attracting to Keikyu a larger flow of passengers who previously preferred to use other means of trasnportation e.g. monorail to travel between the city and the airport.

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