Amakusa Airfield terminal building
|IATA: AXJ – ICAO: RJDA|
|Owner||Kumamoto Prefecture government|
|Elevation AMSL||340 ft / 104 m|
Amakusa Airfield (天草飛行場?) is an airport located 2.3 NM (4.3 km; 2.6 mi) northwest of Amakusa, Kumamoto, Japan, on the Amakusa Islands (IATA: AXJ, ICAO: RJDA). Locals often referred to the airfield as Amakusa Airport. It is located on the northern side of the Amakusa Islands, north east of Amakusa city. Only one airline, Amakusa Airlines, uses this airfield.
On September 6, 1982, the governor of Kumamoto Prefecture announced plans for a small airport during a regular press conference. On December 26, 1990, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport approved the construction of the airfield. Construction began in 1992. The first plane that landed at this airport was a DHC-8 of Amakusa Airlines on November 19, 1999. The airfield was opened for public use on March 23, 2000.
In the spring of 2000, it had round trips between Amakusa Islands and Kumamoto twice a day. Starting from December 1, 2005, the operating time was extended from (8:00 am ～ 7:00 pm) to (7:40 am ～ 8:30 pm). It now has three round trips between Amakusa Airfield and Fukuoka Airport and one round trip between Amakusa Airfield and Kumamoto Airport (also one round trip between Kumamoto Airport and Kobe Airport) per day while using the same aircraft (aircraft registration number JA81AM). Since this airfield is served only by Amakusa Airlines and this airline only has one aircraft, the DHC-8 (pictured on the right) is the only regular, scheduled, aircraft that uses this airfield.
Airlines and destinations
|Amakusa Airlines||Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Osaka-Itami|
- Air / Ground (130.775 MHz)
|Operations and Statistics|
|Airfreight movements in tonnes|
Landings are made using VOR/DME approach on runway 13/31. The airport has a single runway, 13/31, which is 1,000 m × 30 m (3,281 ft × 98 ft) and is constructed of asphalt concrete. The lighting systems on runway 13/31 are High Intensity Runway Lights, Runway End Identification Lights, and Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI).
- 1st Floor
- Information Office
- Arrival Lobby
- Amakusa Airlines Headquarters
- Breast-feeding room
- Tourist Information
- Taxi bus
- 2nd Floor
- Observation deck
- Administration Office
- UTC+9 Japan Standard Time
All ground transport is located on the first floor.
The airport is connected by Kumamoto Prefecture Amakusa Highway No.334 and Itsuwa Road No.47.
- AIS Japan
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