Daegu International Airport
Daegu International Airport
Daegu Gukje Gonghang
Taegu Kukche Konghang
|Operator||Korea Airports Corporation, Republic of Korea Airforce|
|Location||Dong District, Daegu, South Korea|
|Elevation AMSL||116 ft / 35 m|
Daegu International Airport (Hangul: 대구국제공항; Hanja: 大邱國際空港; Revised Romanization: Daegu Gukje Gonghang; McCune-Reischauer: Taegu Kukche Konghang) (IATA: TAE, ICAO: RKTN) is the international airport serving the city of Daegu and the surrounding area in the southeast of South Korea. The airport is also a military base for the ROKAF's 11th Fighter Wing, whose three squadrons fly the F-15K.
The airport chiefly serves domestic routes with a small number of international flights. Despite the growth of the nearby city of Daegu, passenger numbers at Daegu International Airport have been steadily declining since 2004, the year when KTX highspeed rail reached the city. The 2013 number of about 1.1 million passengers is around half of pre-2003 figures. Since in 2014, passenger numbers have increased sharply due to the expansion of Low-Cost Carriers.
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. The Bout One planes provided close air support to the U.S. 24th Infantry Division through July 1950. On July 10th, 1950, the Bout One force was re-designated as the 51st Fighter Squadron , and was merged into the 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on August 4th.
The existing dirt and gravel runway was improved by the 822nd Engineer Aviation Battalion beginning on July 18th, and the Battalion subsequently began preparations for a parallel 5,000 foot (1,500 m) PSP runway on August 7th.
USAF units based at Taegu from July–August 1950 included:
- 18th Fighter-Bomber Group, from July–August 1950, subordinate units included:
- 51st Fighter Squadron (Provisional) from July 10-August 4, 1950
- 6002nd Air Base Squadron from July-August 8, 1950
- 6147th Tactical Control Squadron (Airborne) operating T-6 Mosquitos from August 1-September 6, 1950
- 6149th Air Base Unit from August 1950
Taegu Airfield was abandoned following the North Korean attack on Taegu in mid-August 1950, but USAF units began reoccupying the base by September 23, 1950. The 822nd Battalion had returned to Taegu on September 17 and soon resurfaced the original dirt and gravel runway with PSP and extended its length to 5,700 feet (1,700 m).
USAF units based at Taegu from September 1950 included:
- 49th Fighter-Bomber Group operating F-80s from October 1, 1950. This was the first jet unit to be based in Korea. Subordinate units included:
- 543rd Tactical Support Group from September 26, subordinate units included:
- 8th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet operating RF-80s from October 2
- 162nd Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photo from October 8
- 363rd Reconnaissance Technical Squadron from October 4
F-84E of the 27th Fighter Escort Group in 1951
Casualties being loaded onto a C-54 in 1951
An F-86F of the 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron at Taegu in 1952
The relatively small passenger terminal boasts a comfortable environment through its adoption of traditional design elements symbolizing Ouga (The song of five friend: water, rock, pine, bamboo, and moon; by Yun Seon Do), and its crane-like structure. The parking lot can accommodate about 1,097 cars and has a fully automated parking system; it opens from 6 am to 10 pm.
Airlines and destinations
|Air Busan||Da Nang, Fukuoka, Jeju, Osaka–Kansai, Sanya, Sapporo–Chitose, Seoul–Gimpo, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Narita|
|China Eastern Airlines||Shanghai–Pudong|
|Jeju Air|| Beijing–Capital, Jeju, Kagoshima, Macau, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Narita|
Seasonal: Da Nang
|Korean Air||Jeju, Seoul–Incheon|
|T'way Airlines|| Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Cebu, Da Nang, Fukuoka, Guam, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Jeju, Khabarovsk, Kumamoto, Naha, Osaka–Kansai, Sapporo–Chitose (begins 31 march 2019), Shanghai–Pudong, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Narita, Vladivostok|
Charter: Clark, Saga
|VietJet Air||Da Nang|
- Airport information for RKTN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- "Air Traffic by Airport". Archived from the original on 14 March 2011.
- Notice no. 40, 1937, Government-General of Korea. NDLJP:2959525/3
- Futrell, Frank (1983). The United States Air Force in Korea, 1950–1953. Air Force History & Museums Program. p. 89. ISBN 9780912799711.
- Futrell, p.89-90
- Futrell, p.95
- Futrell, p.112
- Futrell, p.110
- Futrell, p.106
- Futrell, p.176
- Futrell, p.177
- Futrell, p.395
- "Information for parking lot". Archived from the original on 15 March 2008.
- "Jeju Air adds Daegu – Macau service from Dec 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
- "Jeju Air expands Taipei network from late-Dec 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
- "T'Way Air adds Daegu – Hanoi from late-Nov 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
- "T'Way Air adds Khabarovsk service from July 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
- "T'Way Air adds Daegu – Sapporo service from late-March 2019". routesonline. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
- "T'Way Air adds Oita / Saga routes in late-Dec 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
- Vietjet Air adds Da Nang – Daegu service from late-June 2018 Routesonline. 11 April 2018.