Daegu International Airport

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Daegu International Airport

Daegu Gukje Gonghang
Taegu Kukche Konghang
Daegu International Airport 2005.JPG


TAE is located in South Korea
Location of airport in South Korea
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Korea Airports Coorporation, Republic of Korea Airforce
Serves Daegu
Location Dong District, Daegu, South Korea
Elevation AMSL 116 ft / 35 m
Coordinates 35°53′39″N 128°39′32″E / 35.89417°N 128.65889°E / 35.89417; 128.65889
Website www.airport.co.kr
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13L/31R 3,124 10,250 Concrete
13R/31L 3,374 11,070 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 1,084,585
Sources: World Aero Data[1]
Korea Airports Corporation[2]

Daegu International Airport (Hangul: 대구국제공항; Hanja: 大邱國際空港; Revised Romanization: Daegu Gukje Gonghang; McCune-Reischauer: Taegu Kukche Konghang) (IATA: TAEICAO: RKTN) is primarily a domestic airport in the city of Daegu, South Korea. In 2013, 1,084,585 passengers used the airport. The airfield also is a military base with ROKAF's 11th Fighter Wing based; its three squadrons are flying F-15K.

Main characteristics[edit]

While the airport serves a growing metro area with more than 2.5 million residents, passenger numbers at Daegu airport have been declining since 2004, the year KTX highspeed rail reached Daegu. The 2013 number of about 1.1 million is half the number of passengers that were using the airport until 2003.

Passenger terminal[edit]

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.

Parking lot[edit]

The parking lot at the airport can accommodate about 1,097 cars. The largest feature of it is using automatic parking system; it opens from 6 am to 10 pm.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following destinations are directly served from Daegu (as of February 2014)[4]

Airlines Destinations
Air China Beijing-Capital
Asiana Airlines Jeju
China Eastern Airlines Shanghai-Pudong
China Southern Airlines Shenyang
Jeju Air Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beijing-Capital (begins 13 February 2015),[5] Jeju
Korean Air Jeju, Seoul-Incheon
T'way Airlines Jeju


Taegu Airfield was originally developed during the Japanese Imperial period.

Korean War[edit]

At the outbreak of the Korean War the airfield comprised a dirt and gravel runway and two concrete buildings.[6] The airfield was designated by the USAF as K-2.

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.[7] The Bout One force was redesignated as the 51st Fighter Squadron (Provisional) on 10 July[8] and merged into the 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 4 August.[9]

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.[10]

USAF units based at Taegu from July–August 1950 included:

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.[12] 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).[13]

USAF units based at Taegu from September 1950 included:[13]

In May 1951, the 930th Engineer Aviation Group began rehabilitating the PSP runway and then began building a 9,000 feet (2,700 m) concrete runway.[14]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for RKTN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  2. ^ Air Traffic by Airport
  3. ^ Information for parking lot
  4. ^ List of Destinations from Daegu
  5. ^ http://www.edaily.co.kr/news/NewsRead.edy?SCD=JC31&newsid=01669526606318848&DCD=A00303&OutLnkChk=Y
  6. ^ Futrell, Frank (1983). The United States Air Force in Korea, 1950–1953. Air Force History & Museums Program. p. 89. ISBN 9780912799711. 
  7. ^ Futrell, p.89-90
  8. ^ a b c d Futrell, p.95
  9. ^ Futrell, p.112
  10. ^ Futrell, p.110
  11. ^ Futrell, p.106
  12. ^ Futrell, p.176
  13. ^ a b Futrell, p.177
  14. ^ Futrell, p.395

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