Kokura Airport


Kokura Kūkō
Kitakyushu Airport air 1974.jpg
Airport typeDefunct
Elevation AMSL10 ft / 3 m
Coordinates33°50′11″N 130°56′49″E / 33.83639°N 130.94694°E / 33.83639; 130.94694Coordinates: 33°50′11″N 130°56′49″E / 33.83639°N 130.94694°E / 33.83639; 130.94694
RJFR is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 1,600 5,249 Asphalt (Closed)

Kokura Airport (小倉空港, Kokura Kūkō), previously called Kitakyūshū Airport (北九州空港, Kitakyūshū Kūkō) until 2005, was a small airport in Kokura Minami-ku, Kitakyūshū, Japan. There used to be four flights to and from Tokyo Haneda every day. The runway was 1,600 m (5,249 ft) long, so although large-sized jets (namely the Boeing 767 and Airbus A330) could not use the airfield, mid-sized aircraft such as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 could, albeit with a reduced payload. It is now commonly referred to as Kokura, its location, to distinguish it from the New Kitakyushu Airport (renamed Kitakyushu Airport in 2008), an offshore airport built on a man-made island in Suo nada, the most westerly part of the Seto Inland Sea. The new airport opened in March 2006, taking over the old airport codes (IATA: KKJ, ICAO: RJFR). The final scheduled flight from the airport was an MD-87 to Haneda Airport with the final flight was the CRJ-200 to Komaki Airport left before midnight of 16 March 2006.

As of 2013, the former airport is one of the potential sites for new JASDF facilities as part of an ongoing defense buildup.