Amakusa Airfield

Amakusa Airfield terminal building
Airport typePublic
OwnerKumamoto Prefecture government
Hub forAmakusa Airlines
Elevation AMSL340 ft / 104 m
Coordinates32°28′56″N 130°09′32″E / 32.48222°N 130.15889°E / 32.48222; 130.15889Coordinates: 32°28′56″N 130°09′32″E / 32.48222°N 130.15889°E / 32.48222; 130.15889
RJDA is located in Kumamoto Prefecture
Location in Kumamoto Prefecture
RJDA is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
13/31 1,000 3,281 Asphalt concrete
Statistics (2014)
Cargo (metric tonnes)2
Source: Japanese AIP at AIS Japan[1]
Osaka Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Civil Aviation Bureau [2]

Amakusa Airfield (天草飛行場) is an airport located 2.3 NM (4.3 km; 2.6 mi) northwest[1] of Amakusa, Kumamoto, Japan, on the Amakusa Islands (IATA: AXJ, ICAO: RJDA). Locals often referred to the airfield as Amakusa Airport. It is located on the northern side of the Amakusa Islands, north west of Amakusa city. Only one airline, Amakusa Airlines, uses this airfield, in which the airline is headquartered.


DHC-8-103 of Amakusa Airlines taxiing at Amakusa Airfield
DHC-8-103 of Amakusa Airlines taxiing at Amakusa Airfield

On September 6, 1982, the governor of Kumamoto Prefecture announced plans for a small airport during a regular press conference. On December 26, 1990, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport approved the construction of the airfield. Construction began in 1992. The first plane that landed at this airport was a DHC-8 of Amakusa Airlines on November 19, 1999. The airfield was opened for public use on March 23, 2000.

In the spring of 2000, it had round trips between Amakusa Islands and Kumamoto twice a day.[3] Starting from December 1, 2005, the operating time was extended from (8:00 am ~ 7:00 pm) to (7:40 am ~ 8:30 pm).[1] It now has three round trips between Amakusa Airfield and Fukuoka Airport and one round trip between Amakusa Airfield and Kumamoto Airport (also one round trip between Kumamoto Airport and Kobe Airport) per day while using the same aircraft (aircraft registration number JA81AM).[4] Since this airfield is served only by Amakusa Airlines and this airline only has one aircraft, the DHC-8 (pictured on the right) is the only regular, scheduled, aircraft that uses this airfield.[5][6]

Airlines and destinations


Amakusa Airlines Fukuoka, Kumamoto

Airport communications

Runway information

Operations and Statistics[7]
Passenger movements
2001 83,654 2007 73,410
2002 83,868 2008 60,086
2003 76,161 2009 70,138
2004 76,123 2010 70,138
2005 72,866 2011
2006 74,847
Airfreight movements in tonnes
2001 0 2007 6
2002 0 2008 4
2003 3 2009 2
2004 3 2010
2005 3 2011
2006 7
Aircraft movements
2001 1,914 2007 2,033
2002 1,850 2008 1,896
2003 1,842 2009 1,559
2004 1,723 2010
2005 1,679 2011
2006 1,859

Landings are made using VOR/DME approach on runway 13/31.[8] The airport has a single runway, 13/31, which is 1,000 m × 30 m (3,281 ft × 98 ft) and is constructed of asphalt concrete. The lighting systems on runway 13/31 are High Intensity Runway Lights, Runway End Identification Lights, and Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI).[1]

Airport facilities

Time zone

Ground transport

All ground transport is located on the first floor.


Main article: List of bus operating companies in Japan (west)

Kyushu Sanko Bus (九州産交バス) operate bus routes from airport to Amakusa city.


The airport is connected by Kumamoto Prefecture Amakusa Highway No.334 and Itsuwa Road No.47.


  1. ^ a b c d e AIS Japan Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Amakusa Tanegashima Airport Statistics" (PDF) (Press release). Osaka Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Civil Aviation Bureau. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Poised for certification" (PDF). Bombardier. September 1999.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Timetable of Amakusa Airlines" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  5. ^ "Statistics of airports in Osaka region in 2008" (PDF) (in Japanese). Osaka Regional Civil Aviation Bureau.
  6. ^ "Statistics of airlines in western Japan in 2008" (PDF) (in Japanese). Osaka Regional Civil Aviation Bureau.
  7. ^ "大阪航空局_大阪航空局のご案内_統計情報_利用実績速報 (Statistics of airports within Osaka Region)" (in Japanese). Osaka Regional Civil Aviation Bureau. Archived from the original on 2021-01-29. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  8. ^ 天草飛行場 (in Japanese). (Japan) Aerodrome Support and Aeronautical Service. Archived from the original on 2009-07-09.