Kitakyushu Airport

北九州空港

Kitakyūshū-kūkō
Kitakyusyu air.jpg
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorMinistry of Transport (airfield)
Kitakyushu Air Terminal Co. (terminal)
ServesKitakyushu, Japan
Opened16 March 2006
(16 years ago)
 (2006-03-16)
Hub forStarFlyer
Elevation AMSL21 ft / 6 m
Coordinates33°50′44″N 131°02′06″E / 33.84556°N 131.03500°E / 33.84556; 131.03500Coordinates: 33°50′44″N 131°02′06″E / 33.84556°N 131.03500°E / 33.84556; 131.03500
Map
RJFR is located in Fukuoka Prefecture
RJFR
RJFR
Location in Fukuoka Prefecture
RJFR is located in Japan
RJFR
RJFR
Location in Japan
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
18/36 2,500 8,202 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2015)
Passengers1,317,504
Cargo (metric tonnes)7,922
Aircraft movement17,461

Kitakyushu Airport (北九州空港, Kitakyūshū-kūkō) (IATA: KKJ, ICAO: RJFR), sometimes called Kokuraminami Airport, is an airport in Kokuraminami-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan. It is built on an artificial island in the western Seto Inland Sea, 3 km (1.9 mi) away from the main body of the city. It opened on 16 March 2006, as New Kitakyushu Airport (新北九州空港, Shin-kitakyūshū-kūkō) but was renamed in 2008. It is designated a second class airport, and it has some international charter flights.

It is the fourth airport in Japan to begin operating 24 hours a day, after New Chitose Airport (Sapporo), Kansai International Airport (Osaka), and Chūbu Centrair International Airport (Nagoya).

History

The former Kitakyushu Airport had restrictions on aircraft operation due to its small size and location, close to mountains and residential areas. Heavy fog often resulted in flight cancellations. There were similar problems at the nearby Fukuoka Airport, which cannot engage in nighttime operations due to proximity to residential areas.

A new airport was intended to be free from such problems due to its offshore location, making possible 24-hour operation. Large cargo planes can use the airport, making possible convenient freight movement to and from nearby industrial zones. Toyota has a factory just across the bay from the airport.

Construction

A committee to promote the construction of the new airport was founded in 1978, with the governor of Fukuoka as chairman. Construction began in October 1994.

The new airport was anticipated by residents in and around the cities of Kitakyushu and Shimonoseki. The Kitakyushu municipal government organized bus tours to the construction site for interested citizens in an attempt to defuse controversy over the construction. The airport officially opened on March 16, 2006.

Flights

StarFlyer Airbus A320-200 at the airport
StarFlyer Airbus A320-200 at the airport

The first aircraft to land at the airport was a StarFlyer Airbus on March 26, 2006. The first international flight from Shanghai landed on March 30, 2006. A Korean low-cost carrier, Jeju Air, flew eight charter flights from Kitakyushu to Incheon International Airport in summer 2008. Scheduled service on the route started in March 2009.

Events

Several events were held to commemorate the opening of the airport. A marathon was held on February 5, 2006 with half-marathon, 10 kilometre and five kilometre courses to celebrate the opening of the new airport.[citation needed] On June 4, 2006, a rugby game was played at Honjo Stadium between Japan and Tonga as part of the inaugural IRB Pacific 5 Nations series.[citation needed]

On August 2, 2006, the one-millionth user of the airport was presented with souvenirs. By July 11, 2007, 3 million passengers had used the airport.

Dimensions

The runway is 2,500 by 60 m (8,202 by 197 ft) (with a separate taxiway of 2,500 by 30 m (8,202 by 98 ft)), enough to accommodate Boeing 747s and other large jet aircraft. The manmade island on which the airport is built is 4,125 m (13,533 ft) long and 900 m (2,953 ft) wide (3.73 km2 (1.44 sq mi)). Due to the island's size and the relative shallowness of the surrounding water, which is about 7 m (23 ft) in depth, future expansion will be conducted, starting with a 500m runway extension to 3,000 by 30 m (9,843 by 98 ft)).

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

Terminal lobby seen from the departure lounge
Terminal lobby seen from the departure lounge
AirlinesDestinations
China Eastern Airlines Dalian[2]
Fuji Dream Airlines Shizuoka
Japan Airlines Tokyo–Haneda
StarFlyer Naha, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tokyo–Haneda

Cargo

AirlinesDestinations
ANA Cargo Naha
Korean Air Cargo Los Angeles, Seoul–Incheon[3]

Other facilities

StarFlyer headquarters
StarFlyer headquarters

The airline StarFlyer has its head office on the airport property.[4]

Statistics

Annual passenger traffic at KKJ airport. See source Wikidata query.

Access

Bridge to Kitakyushu Airport
Bridge to Kitakyushu Airport

Road

A 2.1 km toll-free bridge connects the island to the Higashikyūshū Expressway via the Kanda-Kitakyushukūkō interchange.

Bus

Terminal Via Note Operator
Sunatsu Kokura Station Bus Center Nishitetsu
Kitakyushu Science and Research Park Orio, Kurosaki
Kusami Station Runs on automated driving[5]
Hakata Station Tenjin only at midnight and early morning
Beppu Station ends 31 July 2019 Oita Kotsu, Kamenoi Bus

References

  1. ^ "Kitakyushu Airport" (PDF). Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 October 2016. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  2. ^ "China Eastern adds Dalian – Kitakyushu service from Aug 2019".
  3. ^ "대한항공, 일본 기타큐슈 화물기 신규 취항" (in Korean). Korea Logistics News. 26 November 2019.
  4. ^ "会社概要." StarFlyer. Retrieved on December 20, 2010. "本社 〒800-0306 福岡県北九州市小倉南区空港北町6番 北九州空港スターフライヤー本社ビル"
  5. ^ About auto operator bus