Yamagata Airport

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Yamagata Airport
Yamagata Airport Terminal and Tower.jpg
Airport type Military/Public
Serves Yamagata
Location Higashine, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
Elevation AMSL 345 ft / 105 m
Coordinates 38°24′43″N 140°22′16″E / 38.41194°N 140.37111°E / 38.41194; 140.37111Coordinates: 38°24′43″N 140°22′16″E / 38.41194°N 140.37111°E / 38.41194; 140.37111
RJSC is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01/19 2,000 6,562 Asphalt concrete
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan[1]

Yamagata Airport (山形空港 Yamagata Kūkō?) (IATA: GAJICAO: RJSC ) is a 2nd-class airport in Higashine, Yamagata, Japan. The airport is 23 kilometres (14 mi) north of the city of Yamagata.[2]


Kamiyama Training Airfield was opened by the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II. It was used by the Japanese Self-Defense Force until 1964, when it was turned over to civilian control as “Jinmachi Airport”. Designated a third-class regional airport, regularly scheduled services began in 1964 by All Nippon Airways to Tokyo (Haneda). The airport was renamed Yamagata Airport in 1965. A helicopter detachment from the JGSDF 6th Division has been based at the airport since 1969. The runway was extended to 1500 meters in 1972, and the airport was re-designated as a Class-II airport in 1979. Services were also started by Japan Airlines and Toa Domestic Airlines. The runway was further extended to 2000 meters in 1981 and a new terminal building completed in 1984. However, the number of passengers using the airport peaked in 1991, and declined precipitously due to the completion of the Yamagata Shinkansen in 1992. All Nippon Airways suspended services and withdrew from the airport in 2002 and Japan Airlines turned services over to its subsidiary, J-Air in 2010.

During the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, American troops used Yamagata Airport as a base for transporting fuel and materials to the disaster areas (part of Operation Tomodachi). According to the Ministry of Defense, this was the first time that the U.S. military had used a private airport in Japan for anything other than emergency landings.[3]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
China Airlines Charter: Taipei-Taoyuan
Fuji Dream Airlines Nagoya-Komaki
Japan Airlines operated by J-Air Osaka-Itami, Tokyo-Haneda

Ground transportation[edit]

The airport has had no scheduled ground transportation services since April 2009 due to depressed passenger numbers. In March 2014, Sanko Hire announced that it would resume shuttle bus service between the airport and Yamagata Station, with schedules timed to coincide with flight schedules to and from Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. The shuttle bus will take 35 minutes and cost 1,000 yen.[4]


  1. ^ AIS Japan
  2. ^ Dodd, Jan et al. (2001). The Rough Guide to Japan, p. 252., p. 252, at Google Books
  3. ^ "Japan-U.S. relief efforts expanding," The Daily Yomiuri (Japan). March 20, 2011; retrieved 29 March 2011.
  4. ^ "山形空港シャトルバス、5年ぶり復活 発着便増加で". Nihon Keizai Shimbun. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 

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