Miho–Yonago Airport

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Miho Airbase
美保飛行場
Yonago Airport (米子空港)
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IATA: YGJICAO: RJOH
Summary
Airport type Military/Public
Operator JASDF
Serves Yonago, Tottori, Japan
Elevation AMSL 13 ft / 4 m
Coordinates 35°29′36″N 133°14′21″E / 35.49333°N 133.23917°E / 35.49333; 133.23917Coordinates: 35°29′36″N 133°14′21″E / 35.49333°N 133.23917°E / 35.49333; 133.23917
Map
RJOH is located in Japan
RJOH
RJOH
Location in Japan
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
07/25 2,500 8,202 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 859,760
Cargo (metric tonnes) 1,455
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan[1]
Osaka Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Civil Aviation Bureau [2]

Miho Airbase (美保飛行場) (IATA: YGJICAO: RJOH), also known as Yonago Airport is a Japan Air Defense Force base located 11km northwest of Yonago. It is owned and operated by JASDF and shares the runway with civil activities.

History[edit]

Yonago Airport Entrance

The airport was built as an Imperial Japanese Army Air Force airfield during World War II, and was attacked by USAAF B-24 Liberator bombers during July 1945. After the war, the airfield was taken over by the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) in Japan. The Royal Australian Air Force No. 5 Airfield Construction Squadron refurbished the airfield, and No. 77 Squadron was stationed at the airfield until 1950.

In December 1950, the United States Air Force 452d Bombardment Wing moved B-26 Invader light bombers to Miho Air Base. They moved to Pusan East (K-9) Air Base, South Korea in May 1951 for combat duty during the Korean War. The only other operational USAF unit to use the airfield was the 17th Bombardment Wing, which also flew B-26s from the field between October 1954 and March 1955 before returning to the United States.

Miho Air Base was used primarily as a radar station by the 618th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron beginning in December 1950, operating defensive radar sites as part of the air defense of Japan until May 1957. The 6135th Support Squadron maintained airfield facilities and a small ground station. The Air Weather Service 15th Weather Squadron also used the airfield, along with transient C-47 Skytrain transports carrying supplies and personnel. USAF units were withdrawn and Miho Air Base was returned to Japanese control in May 1957 as part of a general drawdown of American forces in Japan.

Present[edit]

JASDF[edit]

The Japan Air Self Defense Force has operated a number of transport aircraft at Miho Air Base including Curtiss C-46 Commando (1958), NAMC YS-11s (1969), Kawasaki C-1s (1979) and T-400s (1994). The host unit is 3rd Tactical Airlift Group.

Japan Coast Guard[edit]

The Japan Coast Guard established air station at Miho in 1978 and has operated Bell 212, Bell 412 (1996) and AgustaWestland AW139 (2009) helicopters and Bombardier DHC-8 (2011) fixed-wing aircraft there.

Civil use[edit]

A passenger terminal was built at the airport in 1956 and scheduled service to Osaka International Airport began in 1958, followed by Tokyo Haneda Airport in 1964. The airport has also at various times had service to Nagoya (Chubu and Komaki), Sapporo (New Chitose), Kansai International Airport, Fukuoka and Oki.

A runway extension and terminal renovation were completed in 1996, and international service to Incheon International Airport (Seoul) began in 2001.

In summer 2013, the airport accommodated charter flights from Hong Kong on Hong Kong Airlines, bringing tourists to the surrounding San'in region as well as Osaka and Hiroshima. The flights reached load factors of 86.8% and were scheduled to resume in the winter tourist season.[3]

Skymark Airlines began service from Yonago to Narita and Kobe in December 2013, and has announced that it will begin service from Yonago to Haneda, Sapporo and Okinawa beginning in April 2014.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Seoul Seoul–Incheon (begins 23 October 2016)[5]
All Nippon Airways Tokyo-Haneda
Asiana Airlines Seoul-Incheon
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong (begins 14 September 2016)[6]

Access[edit]

The airport is connected to various locations by bus. Also, there is a railway line, the Sakai Line, which connects the airport with the Yonago Station and Sakaiminato Station.

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.
  1. ^ AIS Japan
  2. ^ "Yonago Airport Statistics" (PDF) (Press release). Osaka Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Civil Aviation Bureau. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "今冬も香港―鳥取便 鳥取県の平井知事". 日本経済新聞. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "スカイマーク、米子―羽田など3路線を4月から運航". 日本経済新聞. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "에어서울, 10월부터 아시아나 日 노선 순차 인수". NEWSIS.COM (in Korean). 15 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Hong Kong Airlines plans Yonago launch from Sep 2016". routesonline. Retrieved 4 August 2016. 

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