Yongxing Island Airport

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Yongxing Island Airport
Yǒngxīng Dǎo Jīchǎng
Airport type Military
Operator People's Liberation Army Air Force
Serves Sansha, Hainan
Location Yongxing Island
Coordinates 16°49′58″N 112°20′40″E / 16.83278°N 112.34444°E / 16.83278; 112.34444Coordinates: 16°49′58″N 112°20′40″E / 16.83278°N 112.34444°E / 16.83278; 112.34444
ZJYX is located in South China Sea
Location of airport in the South China Sea
Direction Length Surface
m ft
2,700 8,858 Asphalt/Paved/Concrete

Yongxing Island Airport (Chinese: 永兴岛机场) or Woody Island Airport (ICAO: ZJYX) is a military airport located on Yongxing (Woody) Island, the largest of the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.[1] Yongxing Island is administered by China as part of Sansha city of Hainan Province. The airport was completed in July 1990 to expand the combat range of Chinese warplanes.[3]

There is a decision to launch scheduled civilian flights between the China mainland and the Yongxing Island before the end of 2016.[4]


Yongxing Island Airport has a 2,700-metre (8,900 ft) runway[1] that is capable of handling any fourth generation combat aircraft of the Chinese Naval airforce such as the Chengdu J-10AH, Shenyang J-11BH, Xian JH-7A, and the Sukhoi Su-30MK2. The airport can handle airliners like a Boeing 737, but there is no scheduled airline service to the airport. The runway is paved concrete and unmarked. The Yongxing Island Airport was completed in July 1990,[5]

The airport also 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.[6]

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  1. ^ 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. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Airport information for ZJYX at Great Circle Mapper.
  3. ^ Bernstein, Richard; Munro, Ross H. (1998). The Coming Conflict with China. Vintage Books. p. 74. ISBN 978-0679776628. 
  4. ^ China's southernmost city to launch civilian flights
  5. ^ Bernstein, Richard; Munro, Ross H. (1998). The Coming Conflict with China. Vintage Books. p. 74. ISBN 978-0679776628. 
  6. ^ Chang, Andrei (26 September 2008). "Analysis: China's air-sea buildup". Spacewar.com. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 

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