Hakodate Airport


Hakodate Kūkō
Airport typePublic
OwnerMinistry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
OperatorHokkaido Airports [ja]
ServesHakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
Elevation AMSL112 ft / 34 m
Coordinates41°46′12″N 140°49′19″E / 41.77000°N 140.82194°E / 41.77000; 140.82194
WebsiteEnglish website
RJCH is located in Hokkaido
Location in Hokkaidō
RJCH is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,000 9,843 Asphalt/concrete
Statistics (2015)
Cargo (metric tonnes)8,433
Aircraft movement18,129

Hakodate Airport (函館空港, Hakodate Kūkō) (IATA: HKD, ICAO: RJCH) is an airport located 7.6 km (4.7 mi) east[2] of Hakodate Station in Hakodate, a city in Hokkaidō, Japan. It is owned by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and operated by Hokkaido Airports [ja].


Hakodate airport opened in 1961 with a single 1,200 m runway. A new terminal upgrade and runway extension to 2,000 m became operational in 1971. The runway was extended further to 2,500 m in 1978 and to 3,000 m in 1999. A new terminal building opened in 2005.[3]

On September 6, 1976, Soviet pilot Viktor Belenko defected to the West by landing a MiG-25 Foxbat aircraft at Hakodate Airport.[4]

On June 21, 1995, All Nippon Airways Flight 857, a scheduled Boeing 747 flight from Tokyo to Hakodate, was hijacked by Fumio Kutsumi, a Tokyo bank employee armed with a screwdriver. Kutsumi claimed to be acting on behalf of Aum Shinrikyo leader Shoko Asahara. The aircraft landed in Hakodate and stayed on the runway overnight for 15 hours before riot police stormed the aircraft at dawn and freed the passengers.[5]

Airlines and destinations

The terminal interior


Air Do Nagoya–Centrair, Tokyo–Haneda
All Nippon Airways Osaka–Itami, Tokyo–Haneda
ANA Wings Osaka–Itami, Sapporo–Chitose
Seasonal: Nagoya–Centrair
Hokkaido Air System Okushiri, Sapporo–Okadama
Hong Kong Airlines Seasonal: Hong Kong[6]
Ibex Airlines Sendai
J-Air Osaka–Itami
Japan Airlines Tokyo–Haneda
Starlux Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan[7]
Tigerair Taiwan Taipei–Taoyuan[8]


Graphs are unavailable due to technical issues. There is more info on Phabricator and on MediaWiki.org.
Annual passenger traffic at HKD airport. See Wikidata query.

Ground transportation

Scheduled buses operate to Hakodate Station and the Onuma Prince Hotel.[9]

In popular culture


  1. ^ "Hakodate Airport" (PDF). Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  2. ^ AIS Japan Archived 2016-05-17 at the Portuguese Web Archive
  3. ^ 日本の空港/VFRパイロットの飛行場・ヘリポート情報誌!. www.dgraph.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  4. ^ Dowling, Stephen (2016-09-05). "The pilot who stole a secret Soviet fighter jet". BBC. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  5. ^ Reid, T. R. (1995-06-22). "JAPANESE POLICE STORM PLANE, GRAB HIJACKER". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-04-17.
  6. ^ "Hong Kong Airlines NW23 Network Additions – 11OCT23". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 11 October 2023.
  7. ^ "Starlux Adds Taipei – Hakodate and Taichung – Macau in February and March 2024". KN Aviation. Retrieved 26 December 2023.
  8. ^ "Tigerair Taiwan NS23 Japan Operations – 10MAR23". Aeroroutes. Retrieved 10 March 2023.
  9. ^ HAKODATE Airport 函館空港ビルデング株式会社【アクセス】. airport.ne.jp (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2017-04-17.