Daegu International Airport

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Daegu International Airport

대구국제공항
大邱國際空港

Daegu Gukje Gonghang

Taegu Kukche Konghang
Daegu International Airport 20161012.jpg
Summary
Airport typeMilitary/Public
OperatorKorea Airports Corporation, Republic of Korea Airforce
ServesDaegu
LocationDong District, Daegu, South Korea
Elevation AMSL116 ft / 35 m
Coordinates35°53′39″N 128°39′32″E / 35.89417°N 128.65889°E / 35.89417; 128.65889Coordinates: 35°53′39″N 128°39′32″E / 35.89417°N 128.65889°E / 35.89417; 128.65889
Websitewww.airport.co.kr/mbs/daegueng/
Map
TAE is located in South Korea
TAE
TAE
Location of airport in South Korea
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13L/31R 2,743 8,999 Concrete
13R/31L 2,755 9,039 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft movements23,191
Passengers3,560,124
Sources: World Aero Data[1]
Korea Airports Corporation[2]

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.

Overview[edit]

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.

History[edit]

Daegu International Airport was originally established under Japanese rule as Taegu Airfield on 31 January, 1937.[3]

Korean War[edit]

At the outbreak of the Korean War, the airfield consisted of a dirt and gravel runway and two concrete buildings.[4] The airfield was designated by the USAF as K-2.

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.[5] On July 10th, 1950, the Bout One force was re-designated as the 51st Fighter Squadron [6], and was merged into the 12th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on August 4th.[7]

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.[8]

USAF units based at Taegu from July–August 1950 included:

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.[10] 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).[11]

USAF units based at Taegu from September 1950 included:[11]

In May 1951, the 930th Engineer Aviation Group began repair work on the PSP runway and commenced construction of a 9,000 feet (2,700 m) concrete runway.[12]

Postwar[edit]

Passenger facilities[edit]

Daegu Airport interior

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.[13]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Air Busan Da Nang, Fukuoka, Jeju, Osaka–Kansai, Sanya, Sapporo–Chitose, Seoul–Gimpo, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Narita
Asiana Airlines Jeju
China Eastern Airlines Shanghai–Pudong
Jeju Air Beijing–Capital, Jeju, Kagoshima,[14] Macau,[15] Taipei–Taoyuan,[16] Tokyo–Narita[17]
Seasonal: Da Nang
Korean Air Jeju, Seoul–Incheon
Tigerair Taiwan Taipei–Taoyuan
T'way Airlines Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Cebu,[18] Da Nang, Fukuoka, Guam, Hanoi,[19] Hong Kong, Jeju, Khabarovsk,[20] Kumamoto,[21] Naha, Osaka–Kansai, Sapporo–Chitose (begins 31 march 2019),[22] Shanghai–Pudong, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Narita, Vladivostok
Charter: Clark, Saga[23]
VietJet Air Da Nang[24]

Access[edit]

The airport is 1.34 km from Ayanggyo Station (Daegu Subway Line 1) and can be reached by bus or taxi.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Airport information for RKTN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  2. ^ "Air Traffic by Airport". Archived from the original on 14 March 2011.
  3. ^ Notice no. 40, 1937, Government-General of Korea. NDLJP:2959525/3
  4. ^ Futrell, Frank (1983). The United States Air Force in Korea, 1950–1953. Air Force History & Museums Program. p. 89. ISBN 9780912799711.
  5. ^ Futrell, p.89-90
  6. ^ a b c d Futrell, p.95
  7. ^ Futrell, p.112
  8. ^ Futrell, p.110
  9. ^ Futrell, p.106
  10. ^ Futrell, p.176
  11. ^ a b Futrell, p.177
  12. ^ Futrell, p.395
  13. ^ "Information for parking lot". Archived from the original on 15 March 2008.
  14. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/281041/jeju-air-adds-daegu-kagoshima-service-from-oct-2018/
  15. ^ "Jeju Air adds Daegu – Macau service from Dec 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Jeju Air expands Taipei network from late-Dec 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  17. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280396/jeju-air-adds-daegu-tokyo-service-from-late-oct-2018/?highlight=JEju%20Air
  18. ^ https://www.twayair.com/booking/schedule/getFlgtSched.do?depAirport=TAE&arrAirport=CRK
  19. ^ "T'Way Air adds Daegu – Hanoi from late-Nov 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  20. ^ "T'Way Air adds Khabarovsk service from July 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  21. ^ https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/280397/tway-air-adds-daegu-kumamoto-service-from-dec-2018/
  22. ^ "T'Way Air adds Daegu – Sapporo service from late-March 2019". routesonline. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  23. ^ "T'Way Air adds Oita / Saga routes in late-Dec 2018". routesonline. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  24. ^ Vietjet Air adds Da Nang – Daegu service from late-June 2018 Routesonline. 11 April 2018.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Air Force website https://www.af.mil.

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