Wakkanai Airport

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Wakkanai Airport
Wakkanai Kūkō
Wakkanai Airport.JPG
Airport type Public
Operator Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Location Wakkanai
Elevation AMSL 27 ft / 8 m
Coordinates 45°24′16″N 141°48′08″E / 45.40444°N 141.80222°E / 45.40444; 141.80222Coordinates: 45°24′16″N 141°48′08″E / 45.40444°N 141.80222°E / 45.40444; 141.80222
RJCW is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 2,200 7,218 Asphalt
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan[1]

Wakkanai Airport (稚内空港 Wakkanai Kūkō?) (IATA: WKJICAO: RJCW) is an airport located 10 km (6.2 mi) east southeast[1] of Wakkanai, Hokkaidō, Japan.

Wakkanai is the northernmost airport in Japan which is capable of handling jet aircraft; due to its small size, it is susceptible to closures during the coldest winter months, in which case incoming aircraft are often diverted to Asahikawa Airport.[2] It has one jet bridge, one apron gate for mid-sized jet aircraft, and two apron gates for commuter aircraft.


Wakkanai Airport opened to passenger traffic in 1960, initially on an irregular basis. Air Nippon began scheduled service to Okadama Airport and Rishiri Airport in 1974, followed by Rebun Airport in 1978 and New Chitose Airport in 1980. Air Nippon discontinued the short Rebun and Rishiri commuter flights in 2003 due to poor load factors.

In 1987, the 1,200 m main runway was extended to 1,800 m, allowing All Nippon Airways to begin jet service to Tokyo. The flight was initially seasonal and did not become a year-round service until 1997. The city of Wakkanai provided subsidies for city residents to use the flight until 2005, when discounted fares became available.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
All Nippon Airways Tokyo-Haneda
Seasonal: Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Kansai, Sapporo-Chitose
All Nippon Airways operated by ANA Wings Sapporo-Chitose

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport is located on Japan National Route 238 approx. 12 km from central Wakkanai. There is regular bus service to Wakkanai Station and Wakkanai Ferry Terminal.

Until 1989, the JNR Temboku Line passed by the airport; however, the airport did not have a station on the line except for one day in June 1987, when a temporary Higashi-Koetoi Station was opened to accommodate visitors to the airport's extended runway.[3]


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