Yao Airport

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Yao Airport
Osaka/Yao Airport
Yao Kūkō
Yao Airport.jpg
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
Serves Osaka
Location Yao
Elevation AMSL 33 ft / 10 m
Coordinates 34°35′08″N 135°36′02″E / 34.58556°N 135.60056°E / 34.58556; 135.60056Coordinates: 34°35′08″N 135°36′02″E / 34.58556°N 135.60056°E / 34.58556; 135.60056
RJOY is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 1,490 4,888 Asphalt/Concrete
13/31 1,200 3,937 Asphalt concrete
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan[1]

Yao Airport (八尾空港 Yao Kūkō?, ICAO: RJOY) is a general aviation airport in Yao, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Located 8.1 NM (15.0 km; 9.3 mi) southeast of Ōsaka Station,[1] it is also an airbase for the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. Two Japanese Ground Self Defense Force units are based at Yao, the Chubu Herikoputatai with Fuji UH-1H/UH-1J and Kawasaki OH-6D and the III Hikōtai (Squadron) with Fuji UH-1J and Kawasaki OH-6D.

Several small carriers offer sightseeing and charter flights from Yao, including Asahi Airlines and Hankyu Airlines.

Yao is the only second class airport in Japan that does not have scheduled airline services.


The airport started as Hanshin Aviation School in 1938. Two years later the airfield was seized by the army as the Taishō Airfield and expanded. After World War II, the occupation forces called it the Hanshin Airfield before it was returned to Japanese control.[2]


  1. ^ a b AIS Japan
  2. ^ Yao Municipal Library, 八尾空港, retrieved October 3, 2012