Photo/IllutrationSecurity checkpoints at Haneda Airport in Tokyo’s Ota Ward (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Passengers on domestic flights in Japan will need to arrive for their pre-boarding security checks 5 minutes earlier starting Oct. 27.

Japanese carriers, including Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. (ANA), are moving up the final acceptance time at security check gates at all domestic airports, to 20 minutes before departure.

The airlines are introducing the rule for their winter timetable to cut crowding at security checkpoints and ensure flights leave on schedule.

In a trial, last December, ANA and other carriers shifted their security check arrival time at Tokyo's Haneda Airport to 20 minutes before departure and found more flights took off on time.

ANA is also moving up its final deadline to check-in for international flights at Haneda Airport by 20 minutes, to one hour before departure. The rule will also take effect for the winter timetable.

The number of flights and terminals at Haneda Airport is scheduled to increase from next spring.

The airline said it is implementing the change to facilitate the smooth boarding of its passengers ahead of the spring surge in departures and arrivals at the airport.

ANA’s final acceptance time to check-in for international flights is already one hour before departure at Narita Airport, Kansai Airport, Chubu Airport and airports outside Japan.