Daegu International Airport
|Daegu International Airport
Daegu Gukje Gonghang
Taegu Kukche Konghang
|IATA: TAE – ICAO: RKTN
|Operator||Korea Airports Coorporation, Republic of Korea Airforce|
|Location||Dong District, Daegu, South Korea|
|Elevation AMSL||116 ft / 35 m|
|Sources: World Aero Data
Korea Airports Corporation
Daegu International Airport (Hangul: 대구국제공항; Hanja: 大邱國際空港; Revised Romanization: Daegu Gukje Gonghang; McCune-Reischauer: Taegu Kukche Konghang) (IATA: TAE, ICAO: RKTN) is primarily a domestic airport in the city of Daegu, South Korea. Asiana Airlines and Korean Air provide limited international flights to China and Thailand. A new runway (13R/31L) was recently constructed. In 2011, 1,178,212 passengers used the airport.
Daegu is important spot of Yeongnam region transportation that railroads such as Gyeongbu Line and Daegu Line, Gyeongbu Express Highway, 88 Olympic Express Highway. And it is performing function of central point of logistics and trade of Gyeongsangdo where are total trade center and total circulation complex etc.
By adopting arrangement concept symbolizing Ouga (Song of five friends; water, rock, pine tree, bamboo and moon) by Yun Seon Do and the shape of flying crane, comfortable and pleasant environment is composed.
The parking lot at the airport can accommodate about 1,097 cars. The largest feature of it is using automatic parking system.
Paid parking lot in Daegu International Airport. On the front of passenger terminal, there is a parking lot that can park 1,100 cars at the same time, and it opens from 6 am to 10 pm.
Airlines and destinations
The following destinations are directly served from Daegu (as of February 2012)
|China Eastern Airlines||Shanghai-Pudong|
|Korean Air||Jeju, Seoul-Incheon|
Taegu Airfield was originally developed during the Japanese Imperial period.
The airfield was used as part of the Bout One project - an emergency program to train Republic of Korea Air Force pilots to fly the F-51 Mustang fighter. The Bout One planes provided close air support to the U.S. 24th Infantry Division throughout July 1950. The Bout One force was redesignated as the 51st Fighter Squadron (Provisional) on 10 July and merged into the 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 4 August.
The existing dirt and gravel runway was improved by the 822nd Engineer Aviation Battalion commencing on 18 July and the Battalion subsequently prepared a parallel 5,000 feet (1,500 m) PSP runway by 7 August.
USAF units based at Taegu from July–August 1950 included:
- 18th Fighter-Bomber Group, from July–August 1950, subordinate units included:
- 51st Fighter Squadron (Provisional) from 10 July-4 August 1950
- 6002nd Air Base Squadron from July-8 August 1950
- 6147th Tactical Control Squadron (Airborne) operating T-6 Mosquitos from 1 August-6 September 1950
- 6149th Air Base Unit from August 1950
Taegu Airfield was abandoned in the face of Korean People's Army assault on Taegu in mid-August 1950, but USAF units began reoccuppying the base on 23 September 1950. The 822nd Battalion had returned to Taegu on 17 September and soon resurfaced the original dirt and gravel runway with PSP and extended its length to 5,700 feet (1,700 m).
USAF units based at Taegu from September 1950 included:
- 49th Fighter-Bomber Group operating F-80s from 1 October 1950. This was the first jet unit to be based in Korea. Subordinate units included:
- 543rd Tactical Support Group from 26 September, subordinate units included:
- 8th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet operating RF-80s from 2 October
- 162nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photo from 8 October
- 363rd Reconnaissance Technical Squadron from 4 October
F-84E of the 27th Fighter Escort Group in 1951
Casualties being loaded onto a C-54 in 1951
An F-86F of the 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron at Taegu in 1952
- Airport information for RKTN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- Air Traffic by Airport
- Daegu Airport
- Information for parking lot
- List of Destinations from Daegu
- Futrell, Frank (1983). The United States Air Force in Korea, 1950-1953. Air Force History & Museums Program. p. 89. ISBN 9780912799711.
- Futrell, p.89-90
- Futrell, p.95
- Futrell, p.112
- Futrell, p.110
- Futrell, p.106
- Futrell, p.176
- Futrell, p.177
- Futrell, p.395