Pyongyang Sunan International Airport
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|Owner||North Korean government (100%)|
|Serves||Pyongyang, North Korea|
|Hub for||Air Koryo|
|Elevation AMSL||117 ft / 36 m|
|Pyongyang Sunan International Airport|
|Revised Romanization||Pyeongyang Sunan Gukje Gonghang|
|McCune–Reischauer||P'yŏngyang Sunan Kukche Konghang|
Pyongyang Sunan International Airport (IATA: FNJ, ICAO: ZKPY) is the main airport serving Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). It is located in the city's Sunan-guyŏk district, 24 kilometres (15 mi) from the city's centre. The airport is the main hub for the national flag carrier, Air Koryo.
The first airport in Pyongyang was located on the east bank of the Taedong River but soon after World War II, there was a need for a newer airport and the Sunan International Airport was constructed.
During the Korean War, British correspondent Reginald Thompson noted, the airport was very busy with the United Nations forces flying large numbers of supplies into it during the seven weeks they occupied it in late 1950. The airport was inundated by water after the US Air Force bombed the Toksan Dam on 13 May 1953 causing a major flood. Following the Korean War the airport was reconstructed.
Development since the 2000s
In 2000, Aeroflot discontinued its flights from Moscow and later discontinued its services from Khabarovsk. China Southern Airlines offered scheduled charter flights to and from Beijing during the peak season only, and permanently pulled its flights in November 2006. In April 2008, Air China re-established service to Beijing, three days a week. Korean Air and Asiana Airlines also provided chartered flight services to Seoul, and Yangyang on the east coast of South Korea from Pyongyang. These flights were used by Korean family members visiting divided family across the border.
In July 2011, the new international terminal at Sunan Airport was completed. It caters to flights alongside the existing Terminal 1. This single story glass structure is more modern than the Soviet architecture of the main terminal building. This building is a customs building and will serve as an international terminal as the main terminal is undergoing renovations for 2012.
The airport contains:
- baggage and mobile storage facility
- flower shop
- Korea Trade Bank
- immigration counters
- customs/x-ray area
- book shop
- information desk
- duty-free shop
- several souvenir shops
The terminal also has a car park, a business centre, accessible facilities, Business Class lounge.
The airport's book shop opens at 10:00. The airport's restaurant, bar and the Korea Foreign Trade Bank all operate from 09:00 to 18:00.
Taxi stand at arrival area connect to Pyongyang.
The airport also offer bus services between Pyongyang and Sunan International Airport.
The airport's hours of operation are from 06:00 to 22:00 in the summer and 07:00 to 21:00 in the winter.
Runways and apron
The airport has two runways, 01/19 (northern) and 17/35 (southern one). Ongoing terminal construction in the southern part is a possible reason for why starts and landings are carried out primarily on runway 01/19 as of April 2013. The main runway (01/19) is equipped with ILS systems for precision approaches from both directions.
The airport can cater to four aircraft simultaneously. There are also 17 separate parking bays for additional aircraft. The airport also has a maintenance area that consists of two hangars.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Koryo||Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Beijing-Capital, Khabarovsk, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Shanghai-Pudong, Shenyang, Vladivostok, Yanji
Seasonal: Dalian, Harbin, Kuwait City, Singapore
|Air Koryo||Chongjin, Haeju, Hamhung, Kaesong, Kanggye, Kilju, Nampo, Samjiyon, Sinuiju, Wonsan||Domestic|
|MIAT Mongolian Airlines||Charter: Ulaanbaatar||International|
|Air Koryo||Beijing-Capital, Chongjin, Haeju, Hamhung, Kaesong, Kanggye, Kilju, Moscow-Sheremetyevo, Nampo, Samjiyon, Sinuiju, Shenyang, Vladivostok, Wonsan|
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Media related to Sunan International Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Current weather for ZKPY at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for FNJ at Aviation Safety Network
- Video of Sunan Airport
- Collection of photos at Sunan Airport