Tokushima Airport

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Tokushima Airport
徳島空港
Tokushima Kūkō
Tokushima Airport (TKS-RJOS).jpg
IATA: TKSICAO: RJOS
Summary
Airport type Military/Public
Owner Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force/Government
Operator Ministry of Defense
Serves Tokushima, Japan
Elevation AMSL 37 ft / 11 m
Coordinates 34°07′56″N 134°36′33″E / 34.13222°N 134.60917°E / 34.13222; 134.60917Coordinates: 34°07′56″N 134°36′33″E / 34.13222°N 134.60917°E / 34.13222; 134.60917
Map
RJOS is located in Japan
RJOS
RJOS
Location in Japan
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 2,500 8,202 Asphalt concrete
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan[1]

Tokushima Airport (徳島飛行場 Tokushima Hikōjō?) (IATA: TKSICAO: RJOS) is a joint civil-military public airport in Matsushige, Tokushima, Japan, near the city of Tokushima.

In addition to scheduled passenger operations, the airport is the base of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Tokusima Air Training Group of 202 Air Training Squadron equipped with Beechcraft TC-90, and UH-60J Search and Rescue helicopter of one flight which detached from JMSDF 72 Squadron. As a result, it is the busiest airport in Shikoku by aircraft operations, with around 15,000 takeoffs and landings each year. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force has established the 14 Squadron flying at least 2 Fuji UH-1J and 1 Kawasaki OH-6D by Mid April 2010 at Tokusima airport.

History[edit]

Tokushima Airport opened as an Imperial Japanese Navy air base in 1941.

The current runway was completed in 1987; it is currently being extended to 2,500 m (8,202 ft), with projected completion in 2010.[2]

In previous years, the airport has had scheduled service to Kagoshima (1997–98), Kansai (briefly in 2000), and Osaka/Itami (until 2003). There are currently 12 scheduled flights per day.

On April 13, 2006, Skymark Airlines discontinued its flights to Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) leaving Japan Airlines as the sole carrier to Tokyo. In response to Skymark's exit, Japan Airlines increased the number of flights between the two cities. Since Tokyo-Haneda opened its fourth runway, All Nippon Airways announced to resume its service to Tokyo.

A new passenger terminal has opened in the first quarter of 2010.

ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd. maintains a plant (primarily aircraft modification and refurbishment) at the airport. The plant also provides components for both the Gulfstream G550 [GV-SP] and Kawasaki P-1.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
All Nippon Airways Tokyo-Haneda
Japan Air Commuter Fukuoka
Japan Airlines Tokyo-Haneda

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