New Chitose Airport

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New Chitose Airport
Shin-Chitose Kūkō
New Chitose Airport Terminal.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Civil Aviation Bureau
Hokkaidō Airport Terminal Co., Ltd. (terminal)
Serves Sapporo metropolitan area
Location City of Chitose and Tomakomai
Elevation AMSL 70 ft / 21 m
Coordinates 42°46′31″N 141°41′33″E / 42.77528°N 141.69250°E / 42.77528; 141.69250Coordinates: 42°46′31″N 141°41′33″E / 42.77528°N 141.69250°E / 42.77528; 141.69250
CTS is located in Japan
New Chitose Airport in Japan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
01R/19L 3,000 9,843 Asphalt/Concrete
01L/19R 3,000 9,843 Asphalt/Concrete
18R/36L[1] 2,700 8,858 Concrete
18L/36R[1] 4,000 13,123 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
International Passengers 1,553,374
Domestic Passengers 17,717,548
Total Passengers 19,270,922
Source: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (Japan)[2]

New Chitose Airport (新千歳空港 Shin-Chitose Kūkō?) (IATA: CTSICAO: RJCC), is an airport located 2.7 NM (5.0 km; 3.1 mi) south southeast of Chitose[3] and Tomakomai, Hokkaidō, Japan, serving the Sapporo metropolitan area. By land area, it is the largest airport in Hokkaidō.

It is adjacent to Chitose Air Base, a Japan Air Self-Defense Force base which houses F-15 Eagle fighter jets, the Japanese Air Force One government aircraft and a number of smaller emergency response aircraft and helicopters. Chitose and New Chitose have separate runways but are interconnected by taxiways, and aircraft at either facility can enter the other by ground if permitted; the runways at Chitose are occasionally used to relieve runway closures at New Chitose due to winter weather. JASDF provides air traffic control for both facilities.

As of 2005, New Chitose Airport was the third busiest airport in Japan (behind Narita and Haneda) and ranked #64 in the world in terms of passengers carried.[4] The 894 km (556 mi) New Chitose - Tokyo Haneda route is the busiest air route in the world, with 8.8 million passengers carried (out of 13.2 million seats available) in 2010.[5]


New Chitose opened in 1991 to replace the adjacent Chitose Airport, a joint-use facility which had served passenger flights since 1963. The airport's IATA airport code was originally SPK. This code was later adopted as a city code to refer to both New Chitose and the smaller Okadama Airport in central Sapporo, which handles commuter flights within Hokkaido.

New Chitose became Japan's first 24-hour airport in 1994. Services between 10 PM and 7 AM are currently limited to six flights per day due to noise alleviation concerns. Four of these slots are currently used by passenger flights to Tokyo while the other two are used by cargo flights.

Along with Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport in Russia, it is one of the closest Asian airports to North America along the great circle route used by transpacific flights, and is therefore an ideal refueling stop for many heavy cargo flights between Asia and North America.

New Chitose previously had long-haul service to Amsterdam (KLM, 1997–2002), Cairns (Qantas, 1992–1998 and 2004–2007) and Honolulu (JALWays, 1992–2003); service to Honolulu will resume November 2012 on Hawaiian Airlines. Today, its services to Europe have ceased, while its international services are mainly transporting tourists from the rest of Asia and for sightseeing and skiing. The area surrounding gates 0 through 2, on the north end of the main terminal, was a sterile area for international flights until the international terminal opened for service on March 26, 2010.

The airport was upgraded with additional private aircraft handling facilities for the 34th G8 summit, held in Hokkaido in 2008.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The airport has a semicircular domestic terminal (similar in design to the terminals at DFW Airport) with eighteen gates, and a smaller international terminal with six gates. Operating hours for international flights at CTS are restricted by the Japanese government in order to avoid interference with JASDF operations at the adjacent air base. As of April 2012, international flights are permitted on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 4 pm, and from 5 pm on Friday through 11:59 pm on Sunday.[6]


Airlines Destinations Terminal
operated by Aurora
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk International
AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur–International International
Air Busan Busan International
Air China Beijing-Capital International
Air Do Akita, Fukuoka, Fukushima, Hiroshima, Kobe, Komatsu, Nagoya-Centrair, Niigata, Okayama, Osaka-Itami, Sendai, Tokyo-Haneda, Toyama
Seasonal: Matsumoto
All Nippon Airways Akita, Aomori,[7] Fukuoka, Kobe, Kushiro, Memanbetsu, Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Itami, Osaka-Kansai, Sendai, Shizuoka, Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita
Seasonal: Fukushima, Komatsu,[8] Naha, Rishiri, Toyama, Wakkanai
All Nippon Airways
operated by ANA Wings
Hakodate, Kushiro, Memanbetsu, Nakashibetsu, Okushiri, Wakkanai Domestic
Asiana Airlines Seasonal charter: Seoul-Incheon[9] International
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International
China Airlines Taipei-Taoyuan, Kaohsiung
Seasonal charter: Taichung[10]
China Eastern Airlines Shanghai-Pudong International
China Southern Airlines Seasonal: Guangzhou International
Eastar Jet Seoul-Incheon International
EVA Air Taipei-Taoyuan International
Fuji Dream Airlines Hanamaki, Matsumoto, Memanbetsu, Nagoya-Komaki, Shizuoka Domestic
Garuda Indonesia Seasonal Charter: Denpasar International
Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu International
Hong Kong Airlines Hong Kong[11] International
Ibex Airlines Osaka-Itami, Sendai Domestic
Japan Airlines Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Itami, Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Haneda, Tokyo-Narita Domestic
Japan Airlines
operated by J-Air
Akita, Aomori, Hanamaki, Memanbetsu, Misawa, Monbetsu, Sendai Domestic
Jeju Air Seoul-Incheon[12] International
Jetstar Japan Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Narita Domestic
Jin Air Seoul-Incheon International
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon
Seasonal: Busan
Peach Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Narita Domestic
S7 Airlines Khabarovsk International
Singapore Airlines Seasonal: Singapore International
Skymark Airlines Asahikawa, Fukuoka, Ibaraki, Kobe, Nagoya-Centrair, Tokyo-Haneda
Seasonal: Naha[13]
Spring Airlines Shanghai-Pudong International
T'way Airlines Seoul-Incheon[14] International
Thai Airways Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi International
Tianjin Airlines Tianjin International
TransAsia Airways Taipei-Taoyuan International
United Airlines Guam International
Vanilla Air Tokyo-Narita[15] Domestic

Other facilities[edit]

The domestic terminal contains a 188-room hotel, the hotelcom's New Chitose Airport.[16]

China Airlines operates its Sapporo office on the third floor of the airport building.[17]

The airline Hokkaido Air System was at one time headquartered in the New Chitose airport terminal.[18] Now its head office is on the property of Okadama Airport in Higashi-ku, Sapporo.[19]

Ground transportation[edit]


New Chitose Airport Station is located on a spur off the Chitose Line of Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido). Rapid service trains operate to and from Sapporo Station, taking 36–39 minutes and costing ¥1,070.[20]


  • Hokkaidō Chūō Bus/Hokuto Kotsu joint service (Sapporo 4 trips/hr., Oyachi 4 trips/hr.)
  • Hokkaidō Chūō Bus (Asabu 1–2 trips/hr., Miyanosawa 1–2 trips/hr.)
  • Hokuto Kotsu (Apa Hotel & Resort 2 trips/hr., Maruyama Park hourly)
  • Donan Bus (Tomakomai 1–2 trips/hr., Noboribetsu 3 trips/day, Muroran 12 trips/day, Hobetsu 2 trips/day, Urakawa 2 trips/day)
  • Atsuma Bus (Atsuma 3 trips/day)


  1. ^ a b 18R/36L and 18L/36R are part of Chitose Air Base and operated by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force
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  17. ^ "Northeast Asia." China Airlines. Retrieved on August 30, 2011. "Sapporo 3F, New Chitose Airport, Bibi, Chitose City 066-0012, Hokkaido, Japan"
  18. ^ "会社概要." Hokkaido Air System. Retrieved on May 19, 2009. "本社事務所 : 千歳市美々新千歳空港ターミナルビル内"
  19. ^ "会社概要." Hokkaido Air System. Retrieved on August 30, 2011. "〒007-0880 札幌市東区丘珠町 丘珠空港内"
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