Mokpo Airport

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Mokpo Air Base

Mokpo airport South Korea 20071008.jpg
Airport typeMilitary
LocationMokpo, South Korea
Elevation AMSL23 ft / 7 m
Direction Length Surface
m ft
06/24 1,600 5,249 Asphalt
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Mokpo Air Base is an air base in Mokpo, South Korea (IATA: MPK, ICAO: RKJM). In 2006, 16,909 passengers utilized the airport.[3] This airport was closed when the nearby Muan International Airport opened in November 2007.


Mokpo Airport opened as a stopover between Seoul-Jeju in 1969 but closed in 1972. Twenty years later, Mokpo Airport opened again and several airplanes took off and landed. There were six daily flights to Seoul, two to Jeju, and one to Busan.

Problems associated with this airport include a narrow runway as well as frequent misty weather. Additionally, there were fewer customers after the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 733 and the opening of the Seohaean Expressway also known as the west coast highway. These were among the reasons that the airport was closed in 2007.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 26 July 1993, an Asiana Airlines Flight 733 Boeing 737-500 (HL7229) struck high ground in poor weather about four kilometres from the runway in Mokpo while it was making its third attempt at landing. 2 of the 6 crew members and 66 of the 110 passengers were killed.[4]


  1. ^ Airport information for RKJM at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for MPK at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved February 24, 2007. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-5L9 HL7229".

Coordinates: 34°45′32.06″N 126°22′47.54″E / 34.7589056°N 126.3798722°E / 34.7589056; 126.3798722