Yongxing Island Airport

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Yongxing Island Airport
Aerial view of Woody Island.jpg
Woody and Rocky Islands in 2009.[1]
Summary
Airport type Military
Operator PLA Air Force
Serves Sansha, Hainan
Location Yongxing Island
(Woody Island)
Coordinates 16°50′01″N 112°20′42″E / 16.83361°N 112.34500°E / 16.83361; 112.34500Coordinates: 16°50′01″N 112°20′42″E / 16.83361°N 112.34500°E / 16.83361; 112.34500
Map
ZJYX is located in South China Sea
ZJYX
ZJYX
Location of airport in the South China Sea
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
2,700 8,858 Asphalt/Concrete
Source:[2][3]
Yongxing Island Airport
Simplified Chinese 永兴岛机场

Yongxing Island Airport (ICAO: ZJYX), also known as Woody Island Airport, is a military airport located on Yongxing (Woody) Island, the largest of the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.[2] Yongxing/Woody Island is occupied and administered by China (PRC) as the seat of Sansha city of Hainan Province. The airport was expanded in 1990 to increase the combat range of Chinese warplanes.[4] Further construction and reclamation of land commenced in 2012 to lengthen the airstrip. This work was completed in October 2014.[5]

There was discussion on launching scheduled civilian flights between the Chinese mainland and the island before the end of 2016.[6] However, as of June 2018, there is no commercial service to this airport. Military drills with fighter aircraft landing and taking off at Yongxing Island Airport were carried out and telecast on CCTV in December 2017.[7]

Facilities[edit]

Yongxing Island Airport has a runway that is 2,700 metres (8,900 ft) long,[2] capable of handling any fourth generation fighter aircraft of the Chinese airforce such as the Sukhoi Su-30MK2. The airport has four hangars, a radar navigation station and four large fuel tanks, enabling it to serve as a forward deployment base for refueling warplanes on combat missions.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Construction of airstrip completed on Yongxing Island (3)". Peoples Daily. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2018.  Contains an aerial photo showong the reclaimed land between Woody and Rocky Islands and the expanded harbour.
  2. ^ a b c 专家建议造浮岛机场让战机作战半径覆盖南海 (in Chinese). Eastday. 4 June 2012. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Airport information for ZJYX at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. ^ Bernstein, Richard; Munro, Ross H. (1998). The Coming Conflict with China. Vintage Books. p. 74. ISBN 978-0679776628. 
  5. ^ "Construction of airstrip completed on Yongxing Island (pictures)". Peoples Daily. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2018. 
  6. ^ China's southernmost city to launch civilian flights, en.people.cn
  7. ^ "China showcases jet fighters on South China Sea island". The Indian Express. 3 December 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2018. 
  8. ^ Chang, Andrei (26 September 2008). "Analysis: China's air-sea buildup". Spacewar.com. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 

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