Amakusa Airlines

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Amakusa Airlines Co., Ltd.
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded12 October 1998; 21 years ago (1998-10-12)
Commenced operations23 March 2000
Operating basesAmakusa Airfield
Focus citiesMashiki-Kumamoto
Fleet size1
HeadquartersAmakusa, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Key peopleToru Okushima (CEO)[3]

Amakusa Airlines Co., Ltd. (天草エアライン株式会社, Amakusa Earain Kabushiki-gaisha) is an airline based in Amakusa, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan.[3] It operates regional services from and to Amakusa. Its main base is Amakusa Airfield, with a focus city in Kumamoto Airport.[4]


The airline was established on 12 October 1998 and started operations on 23 March 2000, with services from Amakusa to Fukuoka and Kumamoto. It is owned by the municipal government (80% stake) and Japan Airlines.[4] On 1 October 2004, it began service between Kumamoto and Matsuyama. On 18 April 2006, it cumulatively carried over 50,000 passengers. On 1 September 2008, it stopped the service between Kumamoto and Matsuyama. Three days later, on 4 September, it began the service between Kumamoto and Kobe. On 31 March 2010, it stopped the service between Kumamoto and Kobe.

In 2015, Amakusa has been reported that the fleet with 1 of 2 ATR 42-600 has been delivered with another 3 options while the Dash 8 has been transferred to Oriental Air Bridge. Amakusa in the future can fly between Amakusa and Kagoshima, Amakusa and Miyazaki, Amakusa and Kochi, Oita and Osaka, Fukuoka and Osaka, Hiroshima and Osaka as well as Fukuoka and Tsushima.


Amakusa Airlines serves the following destinations (as of May 2014):[5]

City Island IATA ICAO Airport Notes Refs
Amakusa Kyushu AXJ RJDA Amakusa Airfield Hub
Fukuoka Kyushu FUK RJFF Fukuoka Airport
Kobe Honshu UKB RJBE Kobe Airport Terminated
Kumamoto Kyushu KMJ RJFT Kumamoto Airport Focus city
Matsuyama Shikoku MYJ RJOM Matsuyama Airport Terminated
Osaka Honshu ITM RJOO Itami Airport


Current Fleet[edit]

An Amakusa Airlines Bombardier Dash 8-103 in the previous livery, landing at Fukuoka Airport, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. (2004)

The Amakusa Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2019):[6]

Amakusa Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet On Order Options Passengers
ATR 42-600 1 1 3 48

In August 2015, the airline received its first of two ATR 42-600 (48 seats) to replace the smaller Dash 8.[7]

Former Fleet[edit]

Amakusa Airlines has also operated the following aircraft in the past:

Former Fleet
Aircraft Total
Eurocopter Dauphin 1
Dash 8-100 1


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Alphabetical Index of Airline ICAO Codes
  3. ^ a b "会社案内" (in Japanese). Amakusa Airlines Co., Ltd. Retrieved 14 May 2014. Headquarters address: "本社 〒863−2114 熊本県天草市五和町城河原1丁目2080番地5"
  4. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 74.
  5. ^ "時刻表" (in Japanese). Amakusa Airlines Co., Ltd. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 18.
  7. ^

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