Tainan Airport

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Tainan Airport
臺南航空站
台南機場

Táinán Hángkōngzhàn
Táinán Jīchǎng
Tainan Airport.jpg

IATA: TNNICAO: RCNN

TNN is located in Taiwan
TNN
TNN
Location of airport in Taiwan
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aeronautics Administration
Location Tainan City
Elevation AMSL 63 ft / 19 m
Coordinates 22°57′01″N 120°12′20″E / 22.95028°N 120.20556°E / 22.95028; 120.20556Coordinates: 22°57′01″N 120°12′20″E / 22.95028°N 120.20556°E / 22.95028; 120.20556
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18L/36R 10,006 3,050 Concrete
18R/36L 10,006 3,050 Concrete
Tainan Airport terminal building
Tainan Airport runway

Tainan Airport (Chinese: 臺南機場; formally "臺南航空站") (IATA: TNNICAO: RCNN) is a commercial airport located in South District, Tainan City, Taiwan. It is shared with Republic of China Air Force Tainan AFB. In January 2011, the Civil Aeronautics Administration approved the airport to handle international flights.[1]

It is the third busiest domestic airport after Taipei Songshan Airport and Kaohsiung Airport. However its passenger numbers have dropped significantly since 2007 when the Taiwan High Speed Rail was inaugurated. Far Eastern Air Transport suspended its service between Tainan Airport and Taipei Songshan Airport on 1 March 2008, ending the carrier's 50-year service history at Tainan Airport. Its competitor, TransAsia Airways, also had to downgrade the aircraft it used from a jet (Airbus A320) to a turboprop (ATR 72) to maintain revenue, and finally decided to service through the airport as of 1 August 2008.

Because of the shared use with the Air Force, the airport terminal was built quite a distance away from the airfield. Passengers disembark at the apron and board shuttle buses to the terminal. The shared use with the Air Force also means some flights have to be cancelled when the Air Force conducts exercises.

A number of US units have been stationed at Tainan Air Base, including the 868th Tactical Missile Squadron from 1958 to 1962, which operated MGM-1 Matadors, probably under the ultimate control of the United States Taiwan Defense Command.

International flights began on 18 July 2013 to Hong Kong, with a 3 times weekly service by China Airlines using Boeing 737-800s.[2]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
China Airlines Hong Kong
China Eastern Airlines Wuhan
Uni Air Kinmen, Magong

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On 24 February 1969, Far Eastern Air Transport Flight 104, a Handley Page Dart Herald with 36 passengers and crew board, crashed while attempting an emergency landing at Tainan. Everyone on board was killed.[3]

On 16 April 1977, a FEAT Douglas C-47A B-247 was damaged beyond economic repair in a landing accident.[4]

On 21 March 2003, TransAsia Airways flight 543 (Airbus A321 registration B-22603) on a flight from Taipei Songshan Airport to Tainan Airport, collided with a truck that was on runway 36R. None of the 175 passengers and crew were killed or injured but the two occupants in the truck were injured and the aircraft was written off. [5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tainan Airport to open to international flights". Focus Taiwan News Channeldate=2011-01-22. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  2. ^ http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201307180029.aspx
  3. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "B-247 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]

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