Niigata Airport

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Niigata Airport
Niigata Kūkō
Niigata airport-japan.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
Location Niigata, Niigata
Elevation AMSL 5 ft / 2 m
Coordinates 37°57′21″N 139°06′42″E / 37.95583°N 139.11167°E / 37.95583; 139.11167Coordinates: 37°57′21″N 139°06′42″E / 37.95583°N 139.11167°E / 37.95583; 139.11167
RJSN is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 1,314 4,311 Asphalt concrete
10/28 2,500 8,202 Asphalt concrete
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan[1]

Niigata Airport (新潟空港 Niigata Kūkō?) (IATA: KIJICAO: RJSN) is a second class airport located 6.7 km (4.2 mi) northeast of Niigata Station[1] in Niigata, Japan.


Niigata Airport was historically an important gateway for traffic to and from Russia, with scheduled service to Khabarovsk since 1973 and Vladivostok since 1993, which among other purposes were used to export Niigata-area agricultural products to Russia; however, both flights were cancelled in winter 2010 as more slots became available for Russia service at Narita International Airport near Tokyo.[2]

The airport saw several major service expansions in the spring of 2012, when China Eastern Airlines, Fuji Dream Airlines and All Nippon Airways announced service to Shanghai, Nagoya and Narita respectively.[3]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On August 5, 2013, Korean Air Flight 763, a Boeing 737 arriving from Seoul, overran the east end of Runway 10/28 upon landing, coming to a stop on the grass but almost falling into a nearby river. Although there were no injuries and the aircraft was not significantly damaged, the JTSB announced that the incident would be investigated as a "major incident." The JTSB investigation found that the aircraft temporarily lost all brake pressure for five to six seconds during its landing roll as spoilers and speedbrakes were retracted, followed by a sudden application of brakes during the window 37 to 45 seconds after touchdown, which succeeded in stopping the aircraft.[4][5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following destinations are served from Niigata (as of September 2015):

Airlines Destinations
Air Do Sapporo-Chitose
All Nippon Airways Osaka-Itami
Seasonal: Naha
All Nippon Airways
opereted by ANA Wings
Fukuoka, Nagoya-Centrair, Osaka-Itami, Sapporo-Chitose, Tokyo-Narita
China Eastern Airlines Shanghai-Pudong
China Southern Airlines Harbin
Fuji Dream Airlines Nagoya-Komaki, Fukuoka
Japan Airlines
operated by J-Air
Osaka-Itami, Sapporo-Chitose
Korean Air Seoul-Incheon
Solaseed Air Naha
Yakutia Airlines Seasonal: Khabarovsk,[6] Vladivostok

Ground transportation[edit]

Scheduled "limousine bus" service is provided to and from Niigata Station every 20 minutes and heavily subsidized by Niigata Prefecture. Niigata Airport currently has no direct rail access, although regional authorities have conducted studies aimed at potentially extending the Joetsu Shinkansen high-speed rail line or other nearby ordinary rail lines to the airport.[7]


  1. ^ a b AIS Japan
  2. ^ "新潟空港に試練の冬 ロシア極東2路線が運休". Nihon Keizai Shimbun. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "新潟空港、増便や新規就航相次ぐ 中国東方航空は上海線週4便". Nihon Keizai Shimbun. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "大韓機、オーバーラン 新潟空港、けが人なし". Nihon Keizai Shimbun morning edition. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "新潟の大韓航空機オーバーラン、ブレーキ圧力一時ゼロ 運輸安全委". Aviation Wire. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  6. ^ L, J (21 May 2014). "Yakutia Adds Khabarovsk – Niigata Service July – Sep 2014". Airline Route. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "新潟空港、新幹線乗り入れ検討 アクセス改善委が会合". Nihon Keizai Shimbun. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 

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