Daegu International Airport

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Daegu International Airport

Daegu Gukje Gonghang
Taegu Kukche Konghang
Daegu International Airport 20161012.jpg
Airport type Military/Public
Operator Korea Airports Corporation, Republic of Korea Airforce
Serves Daegu
Location Dong District, Daegu, South Korea
Elevation AMSL 116 ft / 35 m
Coordinates 35°53′39″N 128°39′32″E / 35.89417°N 128.65889°E / 35.89417; 128.65889Coordinates: 35°53′39″N 128°39′32″E / 35.89417°N 128.65889°E / 35.89417; 128.65889
Website www.airport.co.kr/mbs/daegueng/
TAE is located in South Korea
Location of airport in South Korea
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13L/31R 3,124 10,250 Concrete
13R/31L 3,374 11,070 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Aircraft movements 10,997

2,010 1,148,953passengers

2,015 2,027,626passengers

2,016 2,533,132passengers

2,017 3,560,124passengers

Sources: World Aero Data[1]
Korea Airports Corporation[2]

Daegu International Airport (Hangul: 대구국제공항; Hanja: 大邱國際空港; Revised Romanization: Daegu Gukje Gonghang; McCune-Reischauer: Taegu Kukche Konghang) (IATA: TAEICAO: RKTN) is the international airport covering southeast region of South Korea. The airfield also is a military base with ROKAF's 11th Fighter Wing based; its three squadrons are flying F-15K.


The airport chiefly has domestic flights with a small number of international flights. While the airport serves a growing metro area with more than 2.5 million residents, passenger numbers at Daegu airport have been declining since 2004, the year KTX highspeed rail reached Daegu. The 2013 number of about 1.1 million is half the number of passengers that were using the airport before 2003.


Taegu Airfield was originally developed during the Korean War

Korean War[edit]

At the outbreak of the Korean War the airfield comprised a dirt and gravel runway and two concrete buildings.[3] The airfield was designated by the USAF as K-2.

The airfield was used as part of the Bout One project – an emergency program to train Republic of Korea Air Force pilots to fly the F-51 Mustang fighter. The Bout One planes provided close air support to the U.S. 24th Infantry Division throughout July 1950.[4] The Bout One force was redesignated as the 51st Fighter Squadron (Provisional) on 10 July[5] and merged into the 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on 4 August.[6]

The existing dirt and gravel runway was improved by the 822nd Engineer Aviation Battalion commencing on 18 July and the Battalion subsequently prepared a parallel 5,000 feet (1,500 m) PSP runway by 7 August.[7]

USAF units based at Taegu from July–August 1950 included:

Taegu Airfield was abandoned in the face of Korean People's Army assault on Taegu in mid-August 1950, but USAF units began reoccuppying the base on 23 September 1950.[9] The 822nd Battalion had returned to Taegu on 17 September and soon resurfaced the original dirt and gravel runway with PSP and extended its length to 5,700 feet (1,700 m).[10]

USAF units based at Taegu from September 1950 included:[10]

In May 1951, the 930th Engineer Aviation Group began rehabilitating the PSP runway and then began building a 9,000 feet (2,700 m) concrete runway.[11]


Passenger facilities[edit]

Daegu Airport interior

By adopting an arrangement concept symbolizing Ouga (The song of five friends: water, rock, pine tree, bamboo, and moon) by Yun Seon Do and the shape of a flying crane, the terminal has a small but comfortable environment. The parking lot at the airport can accommodate about 1,097 cars and has a fully automatic parking system; it opens from 6 am to 10 pm.[12]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Domestic Terminal[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Busan Jeju, Seoul–Gimpo
Asiana Airlines Jeju
Jeju Air Jeju
Korean Air Jeju
T'way Airlines Jeju

International Terminal[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Busan Da Nang, Fukuoka, Osaka–Kansai,[13] Sanya, Sapporo–Chitose,[14], Taipei–Taoyuan,[15] Tokyo–Narita[16]
China Eastern Airlines Shanghai–Pudong
Jeju Air Beijing–Capital,
Seasonal: Da Nang[17]
Korean Air Shenyang, Seoul–Incheon
Tigerair Taiwan Taipei–Taoyuan
T'way Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Cebu, Da Nang, Fukuoka, Guam, Hong Kong, Jeju, Okinawa-Naha, Osaka–Kansai, Shanghai–Pudong, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Narita


The airport is 1.34 km from Ayanggyo Station (Daegu Subway Line 1) and can be reached by bus or taxi.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for RKTN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  2. ^ Air Traffic by Airport
  3. ^ Futrell, Frank (1983). The United States Air Force in Korea, 1950–1953. Air Force History & Museums Program. p. 89. ISBN 9780912799711. 
  4. ^ Futrell, p.89-90
  5. ^ a b c d Futrell, p.95
  6. ^ Futrell, p.112
  7. ^ Futrell, p.110
  8. ^ Futrell, p.106
  9. ^ Futrell, p.176
  10. ^ a b Futrell, p.177
  11. ^ Futrell, p.395
  12. ^ Information for parking lot
  13. ^ http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/272980/air-busan-expands-daegu-osaka-service-from-june-2017/
  14. ^ "Air Busan expands Daegu - Japan service from Dec 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "Air Busan schedules additional international route in Nov 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  16. ^ "Air Busan adds Daegu – Tokyo service from June 2017". routesonline. Retrieved 5 May 2017. 
  17. ^ "Jeju Air adds Daegu – Da Nang route in 1Q17". routesonline. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force website http://www.af.mil.

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