Kōchi Airport

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Kōchi Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Government of Japan
Operator Kōchi Airport
Location Nankoku, Kōchi, Japan
Elevation AMSL 29 ft / 9 m
Coordinates 33°32′46″N 133°40′10″E / 33.54611°N 133.66944°E / 33.54611; 133.66944Coordinates: 33°32′46″N 133°40′10″E / 33.54611°N 133.66944°E / 33.54611; 133.66944
Website www.kochiap.co.jp
RJOK is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 2,500 8,202 Asphalt concrete
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan[1]

Kōchi Airport (高知空港) (IATA: KCZICAO: RJOK), also known as Kōchi Ryōma Airport (高知龍馬空港), is a regional airport in Nankoku, a city in Kōchi Prefecture of Japan. It is located on the southeastern coast, 7 NM (13 km; 8.1 mi) east[1] of the city of Kōchi.

The 120 ha (297 acres) airport has a single runway handling small to medium size aircraft. The 10,900 m2 (117,327 sq ft) two story terminal building is located to the north side of the runway. The arrivals level is on the first floor and departures on the second. There are 14 retail stores in the small terminal building. There is an observation deck on the third floor of the building. Transportation from the airport is by car, taxi or bus.


Kōchi Airport was originally built in 1944 as Kōchi Airfield for the Imperial Japanese Navy and from 1945 to 1952 the airport was under command of US forces. The airfield became a civilian airport in 1952 and first flights started operating in 1954.

The runway was expanded in 1960 and 1980 and later to 2,500 metres (8,202 ft) to handle larger aircraft.

In November 2003 it the became the first airport to Japan to be nicknamed after a person: Bakumatsu period leader Sakamoto Ryōma.[2]


  • 2,400,000 passengers annually (1,932,000 in 2000)
  • 6,850 long tons (6,960 t) of cargo annually (2000)
  • 13,500 landings annually (2000)
  • 3 gates handling 37 aircraft

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
All Nippon Airways Osaka-Itami, Tokyo-Haneda
All Nippon Airways operated by ANA Wings Osaka-Itami
Far Eastern Air Transport Seasonal Charter: Taipei-Taoyuan[3]
Japan Airlines Fukuoka, Tokyo-Haneda

Incidents and accidents[edit]

All Nippon Airways Flight 1603 plane makes a belly landing at Kōchi Airport on 13 March 2007 after the front landing gear fails to deploy.

On 13 March 2007, All Nippon Airways Flight 1603, a Bombardier Dash 8, bound from Osaka to Kōchi, landed safely at the Kōchi Airport after the front wheel of the plane failed to deploy. As a result, ANA's fleet of thirteen Bombardier DHC-8 aircraft were grounded for emergency inspections.[4]


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