Sacheon Airport

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Sacheon Airport
사천공항
泗川空港

Sacheon Gonghang
Sach'ŏn Konghang
IATA: HINICAO: RKPS
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Location of airport in South Korea
Summary
Airport type Public domestic / Military airfield
Operator Korean Airports Corporation, Republic of Korea Airforce
Serves Sacheon, Jinju
Location Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Elevation AMSL 8 m / 25 ft
Coordinates 35°05′18.75″N 128°04′13.33″E / 35.0885417°N 128.0703694°E / 35.0885417; 128.0703694
Website [1]
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06R/24L 2,743 9,000 Concrete
06L/24R 2,743 9,000 Concrete
Statistics (2011)
Passengers 169,120
Source:airport-information.com[1]

Sacheon Airport is an airport in Sacheon, South Korea (IATA: HINICAO: RKPS). It also serves the city of Jinju. The airport passenger service began in 1977 after years of delays. The airport has a small single storey terminal building for domestic flights within South Korea. In 2011, 143,483 passengers utilized the airport.[2]

Airlines & destinations[edit]

Sacheon is a domestic airport with only two airlines serving to and from this airport. Direct flights are from Jeju and Seoul (Gimpo) only. Korean Airlines has two flights daily and Asiana has two flights (Friday and Sunday each) at the airport.

Airlines Destinations
Asiana Airlines Jeju
China Southern Airlines Charter: Shanghai-Pudong[2]
Korean Air Seoul-Gimpo

Transportation[edit]

Besides private cars and taxi, the airport is connected by buses(No.75 and No.95) to Jinju and Sacheon. The airport is accessed via Gonghangdero Expressway.

Tenants[edit]

Korea Express Air began chartered flights from Jeju to Jinju in 2011.[3]

The airport is also home to a Korea Aerospace Industries, which manufactures military aircraft, satellites and aircraft engines. The T-50 trainers used by the Sacheon Air Base are manufactured by the company on the north side of the airport.

Air Base[edit]

Korean War[edit]

During the Korean War the USAF designated the base K-4.

The Base was used as part of the USAF's Bout One project to train South Korean pilots to fly the F-51 in 1950.

The ROKAF 10th Fighter Wing was formed at the base in 1951.

Postwar[edit]

The Republic of Korea Air Force operates from Sacheon using trainers and test aircraft at Jinju, which is home to the Republic of Korea Air Force Education and Training Command since 1998. Hangars for the trainers are found on the north and south sides of the airport.

Two 366th Tactical Fighter Wing EF-111 Ravens taxi at Sacheon during Exercise Team Spirit '85
  • 3rd Flying Training Wing
    • 213 Flight Training Squadron
    • 215 Flight Training Squadron
    • 217 Flight Training Squadrom
    • 236 Flight Training Squadron
  • 52 Test Evaluation Group
    • 281 Test Evaluation Squadron
  • Basic Military Training Wing
  • Air Force Aviation Science High School
  • Air Force Technical School

On 13 November 2003 a KAI KT-1 crashed shortly after takeoff from the base, the instructor ekjected safely while the trainee was killed.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Korea Traffic Statistics". airport-information.com. 
  2. ^ 전국네트워크 정통시사지-시사우리신문. Urinews.co.kr. Retrieved on 2013-07-12.
  3. ^ Korea Joongang Daily. Mengnews.joinsmsn.com (2011-10-13). Retrieved on 2013-07-12.
  4. ^ "Chronological Listing of South Korean Losses & Ejections". Ejection-history.org.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • [3] (in English)